Let me just say that I am guilty of having misquoted a few famous people. I love telling my students and friends to follow the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Unfortunately, he never said that…exactly. I should have known better after having studied this author for an entire semester and having eaten gruel in his honor.
Here’s an opinion-editorial about perpetuating misinformation: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/opinion/falser-words-were-never-spoken.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
Here’s another article highlighting other great misquotations: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/great-misquotations-the-famous-things-they-never-actually-said-2543520#photoViewer=1