10 Historical Quotes That Everyone Gets Wrong

All of human history is just one big game of telephone. We love to quote each other, but, despite the inventions of written language, the printing press, and MySpace profiles, we keep getting things wrong.

As we've pointed out before, we're constantly putting words in the mouths of pop culture icons. Here are some historical figures who have had to endure similar indignities:

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VOPE Et tu, Brute? Julius Caesar Caesar is generally thought to have said kai su, teknon, which translates to even you, son? But some historians t

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NEVER IAPPENED Let them eat cake. Marie Antoinette The flippant tone is accurate, but it was philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau who attributed the quot

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VEGAATAE HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM- Jack Swigert What he actually said was okay, Houston, we've had a problem here, which sounds a lot more like a

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SORRY, VAAH First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. then they attack you. Then you win. -Gandhi Wise words! Just... actually said by a union ac

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MISQUOTE The ends justify the means. --Machiavelli What he actually said was one must consider the final result, which is slightly less... Machiavel

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WIROVG Well-behaved women rarely make history. - Marilyn Monroe Pulitzer prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote this about Puritan funer

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WROVG AGAIIV If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best. Marilyn Monroe No one knows who actually said this, but it wasn't Ma

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OP Our deepest fear is not that we are weak. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Nelson Mandela This is actually a 1989 quote fro

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OR QUI'TE Nice guys finish last. Leo Durocher He actually said the nice guys are all over there, in seventh place. That's an important distinction;

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DIDV'T IAPPENN I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but F will not rejoice in the death of one. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Jessica Dovey TheSource

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