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I Hate Incorrect Quotes

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    The Carrot And The Stick

    I don't think people misquote this so much as misunderstand it. Today's usage seems mainly to be, "I'll offer you the carrot, but if you don't take it I'll use the stick to whomp you into agreement." But I think the original fable deals with a man trying to get a...
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 5 Responses Dec 2, 2009

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    "gilding The Lily"

    No, you can't gild a lily -- the flower tends to wither. LOL The quote actually refers to the redundancy of gilding gold and PAINTING the lily. From KING JOHN To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue...
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M Oct 29, 2009

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    The Exception Proves The Rule

    People QUOTE this correctly, but totally misunderstand the meaning these days. They use it as if something that breaks a rule proves that the rule exists. Just the opposite -- the exception DISPROVES the rule. The confusion comes because the quote uses the word "prove"...
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M Nov 18, 2009

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    "music Hath Charms..."

    I love this one -- even a couple of the internet quote sites have it wrong. People tend to say "Music hath charms to sooth the savage BEAST" -- worked well in the Bugs Bunny cartoon anyway. But the original is... "Music hath charms to sooth the savage BREAST, to...
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M Oct 29, 2009

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    Better To Reign In Hell, Than To Serve In Heaven.

    This is often quoted correctly, but misused terribly.When cast from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer goes on a in a speech talking to himself.Farewel happy FieldsWhere Joy for ever dwells: Hail horrours, hail Infernal world, and thou profoundest HellReceive thy new Possessor: One who...
    DarknessCalls DarknessCalls 41-45, T 2 Responses Jun 8, 2011

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