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Who Said It: The Wrong Quote Quiz
by Staff
Wasn't it P.T. Barnum who said, "There's a sucker born every minute?" Maybe, maybe not. Take our quiz to find out the real geniuses behind these well-known quotes -- and you won't be taken for a sucker!

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step" is incorrectly attributed to the following person:

  • Oprah
  • Nietzsche
  • Confucius

Which entertainer said, "There's a sucker born every minute"?

  • David Hannum
  • P.T. Barnum
  • Billy Joel

Which president said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, or all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time"?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Bill Clinton
  • Thomas Jefferson

From where did the quote "cleanliness is next to godliness" originate?

  • the Bible
  • a sermon by John Wesley
  • Greek mythology

Who should be attributed with the quote, "I cannot tell a lie. It was I who chopped down the cherry tree"?

  • Parson Weems
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln

Who originally said "Let them eat cake"?

  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Queen Marie-Antoinette
  • no one

This quote, "I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars" made the social media rounds after Osama bin Laden's assassination and was wrongly attributed to:

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Martin Luther King
  • Mother Teresa

Who came up with, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, your hands can't hit what eyes can't see"?

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Joe Frazier
  • Drew "Bundini" Brown

Which of these "Bible verses" is actually in the Bible?

  • "God moves in mysterious ways."
  • "Don't cast pearls before swine."
  • "A crowing hen and a whistling woman are an abomination to the Lord."

"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing," was first said by whom?

  • Red Sanders
  • Vince Lombardi
  • Lawrence Welk

True or false: Al Gore once said, "I invented the Internet."

  • true
  • false
  • He only took credit for coming up with the "www" address prefix.

Who is credited with the quote "survival of the fittest"?

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Charles Darwin
  • Herbert Spencer

Baseball sage Yogi Berra supposedly said all but one of the following:

  • "You can't compare me to my father. Our similarities are different."
  • "It ain't over till it's over."
  • "How can you hit and think at the same time?"

Who first wrote "Go west, young man"?

  • Horace Greeley
  • John Soule
  • George Brett

Which of these Winston Churchill quotes was NOT actually said by Churchill?

  • "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
  • "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
  • "With integrity, nothing else counts; without integrity, nothing else counts."

Henry David Thoreau is incorrectly attributed with "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." Who should be credited?

  • Henry Stanley Haskins
  • Charles Darwin
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

When did Mark Twain coin the phrase, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it"?

  • during his days as a newspaper reporter -- when he had to report on the weather
  • in his book "Huckleberry Finn"
  • He never coined it.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." To whom should this quote be attributed?

  • Marianne Williamson
  • Martin Lawrence
  • Nelson Mandela

Who originally said: "God helps those who help themselves"?

  • God, in the Bible
  • Aesop
  • Moses

Which quote is incorrectly attributed to actor W.C. Fields but was actually a quote about him?

  • "Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad."
  • “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
  • "God takes care of children and fools."