100 Famous Misquotes (Unsourced)

Last updated on Jan 7th, 2024

100 Famous Misquotes (Unsourced)

Many iconic figures, literary works, and cultural moments have given us countless memorable phrases, sayings, and quotes.

Unfortunately, numerous of those famous sayings are misquotes. Most of them are either unsourced, misattributed, or simply inaccurate.

Here, we have compiled a list of the 100 most famous quotes without a proper source or no source at all (unsourced).

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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.Voltaire

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin

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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.Mark Twain

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If you can dream it, you can do it.Walt Disney

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Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.George Bernard Shaw

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I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.Bob Marley

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When you are insane, you are busy being insane – all the time.Sylvia Plath

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The only journey is the one within.Rainer Maria Rilke

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Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.Albert Camus

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself. - Albert Einstein Quotes
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If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.Albert Einstein

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If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.Jean-Paul Sartre

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The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.Carl Jung

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A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.Eleanor Roosevelt

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Life is too short to read a bad book.James Joyce

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Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.Democritus

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Change your thoughts and you change your world.Norman Vincent Peale

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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!Audrey Hepburn

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There is nothing permanent except change.Heraclitus

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Learning never exhausts the mind.Leonardo da Vinci

I don't care that they stole my idea... I care that they don't have any of their own. - Nikola Tesla Quotes
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I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own.Nikola Tesla

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Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.Confucius

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It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.George Washington

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Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.Walt Whitman

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Happiness can exist only in acceptance.George Orwell

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.Lao Tzu

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What worries you, masters you.John Locke

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Life is a tragedy to those who feel and a comedy to those who think.Molière

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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.Helen Keller

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The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.Ayn Rand

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde Quotes
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.Oscar Wilde

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.Virginia Woolf

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A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.Charles Dickens

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Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.Jack London

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Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.Robert Louis Stevenson

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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.Napoleon Bonaparte

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You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.Pablo Neruda

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Adventure is not outside man; it is within.George Eliot

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt Quotes
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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.Theodore Roosevelt

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Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.Lord Byron

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The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs.Charlie Chaplin

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Hell isn’t other people. Hell is yourself.Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.Bernard M. Baruch

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.Winston Churchill

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Life is not fair. Get used to it… Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.Bill Gates

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The end justifies the means.Niccolò Machiavelli

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And yet it moves!Galileo Galilei

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Great things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.Abraham Lincoln

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.Marilyn Monroe

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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.Henry David Thoreau

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If they have no bread, let them eat cake!Marie Antoinette

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To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.Edgar Allan Poe

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A house that has a library in it has a soul.Plato

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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.Franz Kafka

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He makes no friends who never made a foe.Alfred Tennyson

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.Maya Angelou

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We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.Immanuel Kant

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi Quotes
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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.Mahatma Gandhi

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Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.Bertolt Brecht

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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.Charles Darwin

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Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.Anton Chekhov

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.Søren Kierkegaard

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It always seems impossible, until it is done.Nelson Mandela

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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.Margaret Fuller

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An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.William Makepeace Thackeray

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The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.Jack Kerouac

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The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.Baruch Spinoza

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. - John Lennon Quotes
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Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.John Lennon

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Dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are.Kurt Cobain

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To live is to be haunted.Philip K. Dick

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There is nothing more confining than the prison we don’t know we are in.William Shakespeare

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And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.Vincent van Gogh

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Find what you love and let it kill you.Charles Bukowski

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May love be your guide in every moment of your life.Paulo Coelho

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.Leo Tolstoy

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Do something worth remembering.Elvis Presley

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them. - Alfred Hitchcock Quotes
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The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.Alfred Hitchcock

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.Thomas A. Edison

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The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.Arthur Schopenhauer

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For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Time spent with cats is never wasted.Sigmund Freud

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Only one man ever understood me, and even he didn’t understand me.Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Behind every great fortune there is a crime.Honoré de Balzac

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We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.Anaïs Nin

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Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.Agatha Christie

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Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.T. S. Eliot

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso Quotes
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.Pablo Picasso

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.Edmund Burke

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It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.Muhammad Ali

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Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts.Elbert Hubbard

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.Marcus Tullius Cicero

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We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.Ernest Hemingway

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.Buddha

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Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.Salvador Dalí

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.Mae West

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There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.Erich Fromm

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. - Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes
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To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.Friedrich Nietzsche