A Brief History
On October 8, 1982, actor Fernando Lamas died, probably best remembered for the Billy Crystal impression saying the phrase, “You look marvelous!” Many other actors and celebrities have been attributed quotations they did not really say, and today we look at a few of those.
PT Barnum, showman and huckster, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
Julius Caesar, Roman dictator, “Et tu, Brute?”
Albert Einstein, physicist and genius, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
Greta Garbo, actress, “I vant to be alone…”
Al Gore, politician, “I invented the internet.”
Cary Grant, actor, “Judy, Judy, Judy!”
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, “Let them eat cake!”
Sarah Palin, politician, “I can see Russia from my house.”
William Shatner, aka “Captain Kirk,” “Beam me up, Scotty!”
Phillip Sheridan, US Army general, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.”
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For more information, please see…
Reich, Herb. Lies They Teach in School: Exposing the Myths Behind 250 Commonly Believed Fallacies. Skyhorse, 2012.
Reich, Herb. Lies, Half-Truths, and More Lies: The Truth Behind 250 “Facts” You Learned in School. Skyhorse, 2017.
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