Pinterest Misquotes

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.

The Joker "We stop looking for monsters under the bed when we realize they're inside of us."
2) Alan Rickman never said this. It was originally said by a fan of the books and structured as a homage to the famous scene with Snape and Dumbledore.

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.

edgar allan poe quotes - Google Search

4) This is not in the book or any of the Peter Pan movies. It is from the movie Hook. And even there, Peter Pan does not say it–Tinkerbell does.
Peter Pan Love Quote Poster by motormouthstudios on Etsy, $15.00

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.″

Most of the misquotes I see come from Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, and William Shakespeare. I just ask for all of you to keep an eye out and to stop pinning quotes blindly. All it takes is a little research!
Also, if there are any that you guys know of that were not listed, please share!

1 Comment

  1. Katy
    December 13, 2013

    This is hilarious, Emily! I love it. 🙂


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