Well-Known Misquotations : Phrases
Many phrases and sayings have entered the language as quotations by known authors. Some of these are accepted into the language with scant evidence linking the phrase and the person, and some are just plain misquotations. These false attributions, although generally quite easy to disprove as many of them as supposed to derive from films or works of fiction, join the popular fallacies as the most difficult to remove from the popular consciousness.
There are some untruths which people prefer to believe than to have refuted. It seems that, for a large enough percentage of the population to keep a phrase in circulation, the sense that a quotation sounds appropriate for a particular author or fictional character is sufficient, regardless of whether they actually ever said it.
There are a startlingly large number of 'quotations' which, on investigation, turn out to be false. Some of these probably wouldn't persist apart from their 'misquote' notoriety. Here are a few examples: