7 well-known sayings attributed to the wrong person:
"Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad" attributed to W. C. Fields, actually
said by Leo Rosten at a dinner introducing Fields.
"Go west, young man! " attributed to Horace Greeley, actually said
by John Doule in an article in the Terre Haute Express, 1851.
"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!"
attributed to Mark Twain actually Charles Dudley Warner in an editorial
published in the Hartford Courant, 1897.
"Survival of the fittest." attributed to Charles Darwin, actually
Herbert Spencer from Principles of Biology, part 11, chapter 12.
"That government is best which governs least." attributed to
founding father Thomas Jefferson, actually Henry David Thoreau (who put it in quotation marks in Civil
Disobedience and called it a "motto").
"Cleanliness is next to godliness." Often thought to be in The
Bible, actually from the sermons of John Wesley (Sermons, No. 93, "on Dress").
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
attributed to Confucius actually from Lao Tzu (The Way of Lao Tzu).