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Famous Quotes Most Frequently Misremembered

I feel like everyone knows that one person who won’t shut up with the movie quotes. It’s like, every other sentence is pulled from an iconic film, thrust into the conversation in a kind-of-but-not-really-relevant sense, followed by a shit-eating grin like they’ve just come up with perfection on their own.


It’s annoying, but then again, we’re all guilty of it at some point.


When I was in middle and high school, there were two guys that were that guy. Guy #1, whose specialty was the Criterion Collection, has since grown up and out of whatever was making him socially awkward, developed an incredible sense of self, and is now very successful in his own right. Props to you, Guy #1.


Guy #2, on the other hand, didn’t fare so well. He’s still annoying and tries too hard. He preferred to mass quote Stewie from Family Guy, and no one was very impressed after sixth grade.


So here’s my ode to you, Guys #1 and #2.  These famous quotes are also famously misremembered, so let’s see just how wrong we all are:


1. Frankenstein – It’s alive!


Not “He’s alive!”



2. The Graduate – Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?


While most people think the line is “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?”, it isn’t. 



3. The Mourning Bride Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.


William Congreve

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Unfortunately, not the actual line from William Congreve’s 1697 play The Mourning Bride


Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.


4. Dante’s Inferno – Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.


Dante's Inferno

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Most routinely quoted as “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here,” the words inscribed above the entrance to hell in Dante’s medieval epic poem is actually a misquotation from H. F. Cary’s 1814 translation. The real quote is “All hope abandon ye who enter here.”


5. Sherlock Holmes – Elementary, my dear Watson!


Sherlock Holmes

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The phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson,” is never actually said in the original Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first time the phrase appears is actually in a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. Huh!


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