I’ve been on Pinterest for a little over a year now, and I have to admit that I love it. Maybe a little too much.
But the one thing that I don’t love about it is the constant misquoting that I see. Over and over again I see quotes and phrases taken by little-known authors, adapted into some sort of image, and tagged with an author that is more popular. It’s maddening. Can you imagine being one of those authors who has put time and effort into their work only to have it attributed to somebody else?
That’s why I put together a little list of some common misquotes that I see.
1) This is one I saw today. When I could not remember this line in any of the movies featuring the Joker, I went to Google. I actually had a hard time finding the real source–the most frequent answer I saw was author Sam Steven, but I’m not 100% sure that is accurate. Regardless, the Joker did not say this.
3) This is not an Edgar Allan Poe quote. They are actually song lyrics from a song called “Terrible Heart” by a band called Poe.
5) This quote is not in the book, but was added to the script for the movie.
6) You see this quote everywhere and attributed to every famous woman under the sun. Its true author is Pulitzer prize-winning scholar Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in an essay entitled, “Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735.″