10 Famous Quotations That Are Literary Misquotations

Funny and hilarious. What a great assortment of famous misquotes!

Interesting Literature

As Hesketh Pearson put it, ‘Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.’ To see if he’s right, we’ve compiled a Top Ten list containing what we think are the commonest expressions in English which are misquotations of their original literary idioms. How many of these did you know started out as something different? And do you think that they are still ‘misquotations’, if the phrases go on to gain a new life of their own?

Oh, and have we left off any good examples of literary misquotation?

1. Me Tarzan, you Jane. This line doesn’t appear in any of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original books, nor in the films; it probably arose as a compacting of the dialogue exchange between Tarzan and Jane in the 1932 film Tarzan the Ape Man.

2. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. This translation from Dante’s Inferno – the words are inscribed…

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Some of my favourite quotes

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” –Mahatma Ghandi


“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”–Dr. Seuss

“Don’t grieve. Anything you seek comes round in another form.”–Rumi

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”–Cicero

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“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”–Oscar Wilde

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”–Maya Angelou

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“Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.” By Mark Twain. Something I tell my husband when he complains as I exaggerate or make him the unwilling protagonist in a story.