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“But I never said that!”

While researching my earlier piece, I discovered that the famous Stalin quote about capitalists selling the rope used to hang them was probably not actually said by him. This got me thinking about other famous “misquotes.” Here are a few of my favorites.

“Beam me up, Scotty!”
- Captain James T. Kirk

“That’s where the money is.”
- Bank robber Willie Sutton, on why he robbed banks

“Judy, Judy, Judy!”
- Cary Grant (Used as a “hook” for impersonators)

“Eatin’ ain’t cheatin’” / “Oral sex isn’t sex”
- Bill Clinton

Any others?


Comments (12)

How about:"Play it... (Below threshold)

How about:

"Play it again, Sam" - Humphrey Bogart

People still argue this but... (Below threshold)

People still argue this but:

"I am a Berliner" - JFK

In Berlin, "ein Berliner" typically refers to a jelly donut.

Haha, can you imagine the... (Below threshold)
John from Detroit:

Haha, can you imagine the quotes if he gave speeches in Hamburg or Frankfurt? Or Vienna for that matter. :)

"We need to turn back so... (Below threshold)

"We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics," Te-RAY-zah Heinz Kerry

OH Damn- She really did say it!

Mark Twain never said:... (Below threshold)

Mark Twain never said:

"Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."


"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

Nor about a dozen other things often attributed to him. See here.

"You dirty rat"Jam... (Below threshold)

"You dirty rat"

James Cagney

"Elemantary, my dear Watson... (Below threshold)

"Elemantary, my dear Watson." ---something Sherlock Holmes never said, not even once, in 4 novels and 56 short stories by A. C. Doyle.

I think the "beam me up.." ... (Below threshold)

I think the "beam me up.." was originally James Trafficant.

"Nice guys finish last" nev... (Below threshold)
Ken S.:

"Nice guys finish last" never said by Leo Durocher.

"Build a better mousetrap a... (Below threshold)

"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door"

does not appear anywhere in Ralph Waldo Emerson's published works. Ironic, since it's probably the best-known quote attributed to him. Elbert Hubbard, the founder of the Roycrofters, claimed to have said it first.

I voted for the war... (Below threshold)

I voted for the war

I voted against the war... (Below threshold)

I voted against the war






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