The Famous Quotes & Misquotes Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Famous quotes can motivate and inspire, but many of the movie and real-life quotes we repeat every day have morphed into something not altogether accurate. Take our quiz to see if you can spot which of these lines are misquotes.

Who supposedly infuriated the French when she said, "Let them eat cake?"

While this quote is often seen as justification for Antoinette's trip to the guillotine, there's no proof she actually said it, and biographers believe it would be a very uncharacteristic thing for the queen to say.

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Which of these quotes is correct?

The lucky astronauts aboard Apollo 13 let Houston know they "had a problem" when things went wrong on the mission.

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What did Neil Armstrong say when he set foot on the moon?

Contrary to rumor, both tape analysis and Armstrong himself confirm that he said, "That's one small step for man," leaving out the "a."

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Sarah Palin once claimed she could see Russia from her house.

Palin is often quoted as saying that she could see Russia from her house. What she actually said was that it was possible to see Russian land from Alaska. The line about seeing Russia from her house actually came from a Palin-themed "Saturday Night Live" skit.

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Who said, "Well-behaved women seldom make history?"

While this quote looks great splashed across a picture of Marilyn, it actually originated in an academic article by Harvard professor Ulrich.

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The phrase, "No rest for the wicked" comes from a Bible quote.

The phrase was inspired by a passage in Isaiah 48:22, which reads, "There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked."

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Who came up with the quote, "The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result?"

While this quote is often attributed to everyone from Einstein to Twain to Ben Franklin, there's no evidence that any of these men came up with this line.

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Which of these is the origin for "Blood is thicker than water?"

This every day saying comes from an old proverb, which states that, "the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb."

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Julius Caesar's last words were, "Et tu, Brute?"

While Shakespeare used these words to great effect in his classic play, there's no evidence to suggest that these were really Caesar's last words.

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How many times was the line, "Play it again, Sam" used in "Casablanca?"

This famous quote never actually appeared in the film, though Ilsa does ask Sam to, "Play it once," while Rick orders him to "Play it!"

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Who said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?"

Though the "tends to" section is often removed when this quote is repeated, this quote in its original form came from English historian Lord Acton.

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What does music "hath charms" to soothe?

This widely misquoted line from William Congreve actually reads, "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast."

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Stalin said, "The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of a million is a statistic."

This quote is often attributed to Stalin, but there's absolutely no evidence that he came up with it or ever even said it.

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How does the evil queen in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" address her mirror?

Rather than repeating, "Mirror, mirror" as many people believe, the queen simply uses the phrase, "Magic mirror."

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The quote, "Nice guys finish last" is actually two separate sentences mashed into one.

This quote comes from MLB player Leo Durocher, whose reflection about a group of nice guys who happened to finish last in one instance was mashed together to form a widely used saying.

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What actor asked, "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"

This oft-misquoted line was uttered by Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, in "The Graduate."

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What film featured the line, "You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!"

This line, which does not start with a question, like many people believe, comes from the 1979 flick "And Justice for All."

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Paul Revere said, "The British are coming" while taking his midnight ride.

This quote is pure myth. What Revere actually said is, "The regulars are coming!"

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Which "Star Wars" movie features the line, "Luke, I am your father."

This line is not found in any "Star Wars" film. What Vader actually says is, "No. I am your father."

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What does Dorothy say when she ends up in Oz?

This commonly misquoted line actually reads, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

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Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet.

What Gore actually said was, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Clumsy phrasing, but not totally untrue.

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George Washington never actually cut down his father's cherry tree.

The line, "I cannot tell a lie," didn't come from Washington, because the whole cherry tree story — and the quote — was actually made up by an unscrupulous biographer.

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Mark Twain once had to deny reports of his own death.

When Twain's cousin died, reporters thought Twain himself had passed. His response? "The report of my death was an exaggeration."

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Who said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick?"

This line, which is often misquoted to start with, "Walk softly," comes from President Theodore Roosevelt.

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The quote, "Elementary, my dear Watson" never appears in any Sherlock Holmes story or novel.

This phrase never appears in a Holmes novel or story but may have found its footing thanks to a Sherlock Holmes film or play.

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Which musician described jazz as, "If you got to ask, you ain't got it?"

While often attributed to Louis Armstrong, this quote about jazz comes from Thomas "Fats" Waller.

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Who said, "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one?"

While often attributed to great minds like MLK or Mark Twain, this frequently repeated quote went viral after it was written by a random Facebook user.

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Mark Twain said, " I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure?"

Poor Mark Twain. Despite so much effort towards putting words in his mouth from those who love a great quote, this line was inspired by a quote from Clarence Darrow.

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The quote "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition" actually comes from a guy.

This powerful quote, which is often attributed to Marilyn Monroe and other female stars, actually comes from Timothy Leary.

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Which actress said, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night?"

This line, which is often misquoted as "bumpy ride" rather than "night," was spoken by Bette Davis in "All About Eve."

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