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Video: 8 famous quotes that never were, and the videos that prove it

Quotes can be wonderful things, when in the right hands…

WHILE EVERYONE LIKES to use a good quote every now and then, you do need to tread carefully.

All that glitters is not gold, after all, or to use the correct quote: “All that glisters is not gold.”

Here are some more famous misquotes, along with the video evidence* to prove it.

*The Star Trek video doesn’t prove anything really. We just couldn’t leave it out…

The misquote: Play it again, Sam


While Ingrid Bergman came closest to saying the misquoted line, Humphrey Bogart – who the quote is most often attributed to – didn’t even come close with this:

You played it for her, you can play it for me… if she can stand it I can. Play it!

Casablanca did produce another famous line which has survived misquotation hell. What was it? “Here’s looking at you kid.”

The misquote: It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it

Never said in any Star Trek episode (Spock did say “no life as we know it”), its utterance in this video homage to the show probably hasn’t helped matters.


The misquote: Not a lot of people know that

And even fewer probably know that this line came about when Peter Sellers did an impersonation of Michael Caine. Even then, Sellers didn’t say those exact words. Still, what does Mr Caine care? Eh, he appears to care a lot, actually.

I do not mind something clever being attributed to me, but I do mind something stupid that I did not say or do.

(TV insider 1/YouTube)

The misquote: Do you feel lucky punk?

How about lucky enough to know the actual quote?


The misquote: I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto

And neither was this quote. Or anywhere else, for that matter.


The misquote: Greed is good

And so is summarising, but probably not where quotes are concerned.


The misquote: Luke, I am your father

“It’s not true,” Luke says in response, and he was right. Here’s the actual line.


The misquote: Houston, we have a problem

Wrong tense. When astronaut John Leonard Swigert Jr communicated from Apollo 13, the problem had already happened.


There are, no doubt, millions more. Which ones irk you the most?

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Paul Hyland

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