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You're Saying It Wrong: The Misquote Quiz
by Staff
From famous speeches to song lyrics, there's no shortage of well-known quotes. There is, however, a shortage of people who actually get them right. How well do you know these famous quotations? Maybe not as well as you think.

In the classic black-and-white film, "Casablanca," what was Sam famously asked to do?

  • "Play it again, Sam."
  • "More of the same, Sam."
  • "Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake."

Which famous quote once uttered by a "Star Trek" character is correct?

  • "Beam Scotty up, now!"
  • "Beam me up, Scotty!"
  • "Beam us up, Mr. Scott!"

Which line did 1930s silver screen star James Cagney actually say in a movie?

  • "Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin' rat!"
  • "Dirty rats is everywhere!"
  • "Ya dirty rat!"

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" translates from French into which famous quote?

  • "Let them eat bread."
  • "Let them eat cake."
  • "Let them eat cheese."

Which of the following versions of this quote is correct?

  • "All that glistens is not gold."
  • "All that glisters is not gold."
  • "All that glitters is not gold."

Did VP-hopeful Sarah Palin really say, "I can see Russia from my house"?

  • You betcha!
  • No, it was said by Tina Fey while doing an impersonation of Sarah Palin.
  • No, she was misquoted by the lamestream media.

Which of the following quotes about nice guys is correct?

  • "Nice guys always finish last."
  • "Nice guys never win."
  • “Take a look at them. All nice guys. They’ll finish last."

What was really Mae West's famous movie line?

  • "See me sometime soon, big boy."
  • "Why don't you come up sometime 'n see me?"
  • "Come up and see me sometime."

The wicked queen in the 1937 animated Disney film "Snow White and Seven Dwarfs" looked into her mirror and said:

  • "Dang, I'm getting some wrinkles."
  • "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"
  • "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

Leaving out one little word from the original makes which misquote more powerful?

  • "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely."
  • "The glass is half full, not half empty."
  • "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Which famous quote from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is correct?

  • "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well."
  • "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."
  • "Alas, poor Yorick! May he rest in peace."

Which quote attributed to Niccolo Machiavelli is one he actually said?

  • "The ends justify the means."
  • "The beginning and the end are closely connected."
  • "One judges by the final result."

Which famous misquote has one word changed, which makes a distinct difference?

  • "Theirs but to do or die."
  • "Faint heart never won fair lady."
  • "No good deed goes unpunished."

Which quote is a shortened, although incorrect, version of the original?

  • "Genius is pain."
  • "Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains."
  • "Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."

In the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" leading man Kevin Costner heard a voice say which of the following?

  • "If you build it, they will come."
  • "If we build it, they will come."
  • "If you build it, he will come."

Peering over their cauldrons, the witches in "Macbeth" say which line?

  • "Double, double, toil and trouble."
  • "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble."
  • "Double, bubble, toil and trouble."

Which quote, made famous in the movie "Apollo 13," is actually correct?

  • "Houston, we need to phone home."
  • "Houston, we have a problem."
  • "Houston, we've had a problem."

Which vampy movie character in 1931 quipped, "I want to suck your blood"?

  • none
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein

This oft-quoted Bible passage about a future world of peace, says:

  • "The lion shall lie down with the lamb."
  • "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the goat."
  • "The lion shall dwell with the lamb, the goat and the sheep."

Which of the following quotes is correct?

  • "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast."
  • "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast."
  • "Music hath charms no one shall tear asunder."