“Because women’s liberation is a movement of the powerless for the powerless, its attraction is not immediately clear to the powerless, who feel they need alliance with the powerful to survive.”—Rosemary O’Grady
Actual quote: “Wherefore art thou Romeo?”. “Wherefore” means “Why” (for what purpose?), not “Where.” Juliet is literally lamenting Romeo’s name (i.e. lineage) asking “Why must you be named Romeo [Montague]?”.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” – Perez in Mourning Bride, by William Congreve [C]
Actual quote: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
The complete phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” does not appear in any of the 60 Holmes stories written by Conan Doyle. It appears for the first time at the very end of the 1929 film The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Film and television
“Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” – from the 1950 film All About Eve [C]
Actual quote: “Fasten your seatbelts – it’s gonna be a bumpy night!” The quote, uttered by Bette Davis’s character Margo Channing, was perhaps corrupted as it makes more sense to buckle for a ride somewhere.
Actual quote: Throughout the show Ricky never said this line. He just only said “Lucy” every time she did something wrong.
“Zulus. Thousands of ‘em.” – from the 1964 film Zulu [C]
Actual quote: “Sentries have come in from the hills, Mr. Bromhead, sir.” (he then has to direct his report Lt Chard and concludes) “The sentries report Zulus to the south west. Thousands of them”. It was not said by Michael Caine’s character Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, but by Colour Sgt.Bourne [Nigel Green] to Lt. Chard [Stanley Baker]
Actual quote used in Star Trek IV: “Scotty, beam me up,” although the misquote had been in circulation for years before that. A number of similar phrases have been said by the various characters, but never in this exact wording. The phrase was finally uttered in this exact form in the audio adaptation of The Ashes of Eden, a 1995 Star Trek novel co-written by Shatner.
On the TV series, the expletive damn it was never uttered by McCoy preceding this phrase owing to television censorship guidelines in force in the 1960s. It may have come from a Saturday Night Live parody, “The Last Voyage of the Enterprise.” This misquote gained further popularity when Karl Urban used it in J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot – he did use the expletive, but the actual line was “Damn it, man”, as it was directed at Spock, not Kirk.
One of the lines most closely associated with this film, “Play it again, Sam”, is a misquotation. When Ilsa first enters the Café Americain, she spots Sam and asks him to “Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake.” When he feigns ignorance, she responds, “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.” Later that night, alone with Sam, Rick says, “You played it for her and you can play it for me,” and “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!” The incorrect phrase was later used by Woody Allen as the title of his film Play It Again, Sam about a man who is a huge fan of Casablanca.
Actual quote: “If you build it, he will come.” In the quote, “he” refers to Shoeless Joe Jackson and later to John Kinsella. The misquotation is possibly a conflation of The Voice’s actual words with Terence Mann’s line, “People will come, Ray.”
Actual quote: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
“And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids!” – various Scooby Doo villains upon being caught, [C] [P]
Actual quote: The above is actually a pastiche of various lines from various villains put together. Some villains do not utter any parts of the phrase. Some villains remain silent. The above line was used in a DirecTV commercial using the Scooby Doo characters, however.
The actual quote, “No, I am your father” is used in this context: Darth Vader: “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” Luke: “He told me enough. He told me you killed him!” Darth Vader: “No, I am your father.”
The actual quotes were two separate lines used in the gas station coin toss scene that were spliced together for the movie’s trailer that is commonly misquoted in reference to Anton Chigurh. The first actual quote, “What business is it of yours where I’m from, friendo?” is used in this context: Gas Station Proprietor: “Y’all gettin’ any rain up your way?” Anton Chigurh: “What way would that be?” Gas Station Proprietor: “I seen you was from Dallas.” Anton Chigurh: “What business is it of yours where I’m from, friendo?” The second actual quote in the movie, “Call it.”, is used when Chigurh puts his quarter on the gas station counter with his hand covering over it.
“Comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, then a master. And then it becomes a tamer, and with a hook and whip it makes puppets of your larger desires.”— Kahlil Gibran, Poet, Visual Artist