Page Two: These Quotes Are Famous, But Are They Real?
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George Washington

Fabrication: “I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know i can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet."
Considered a fabrication by most historians of the period. The cherry-tree anecdote a made up part of a biography written by Mason Locke Weems a year after the President's death.

Sarah Palin
Misquote: "I can see Russia from my house."
It was actually Tina Fey, comedian and impersonator, who used the line to spoof Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a SNL skit. The basis for the attribution came from a 2008 Palin interview with ABC News concerning the proximity of Alaska to Russia. "They're our next door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." The American (Alaskan) island Little Diomede and the Russian (Siberian) island Big Diomede are located in the middle of the Bering Strait slightly less than 2.4 miles (3.9 km) apart. Little Diomede, unlike its neighbor, has a permanent native population.

Richard Nixon
"I'm not a crook."
It was more than four decades ago, November 17, 1973, at a televised press conference in Orlando, Florida, that then-President Richard M. Nixon, while denying any involvement in the Watergate scandal, first uttered the infamous line that in the eyes of many came to define his presidency. Eventually with support declining and impeachment inevitable he chose to resign August 9,1974.

Barack Hussein Obama
Real: "Over the last 15 months, we've travelled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."

As spoken by freshman senator Barack Obama while campaigning to be the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, May, 2008. (In fact the United States then as today is composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self governing teritories, and various possessions.)

Barack Hussein Obama

Real: "Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won."
To the House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009.

Barack Hussein Obama
Real: "That's the thing about being president, I can do whatever I want."
A quip to Francois Hollande of France while breaking the rules touring Jefferson's Monticello.

Nancy Pelosi
Real: "But we have to pass the bill so you can find what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."
Shortly thereafter the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was signed into law with zero Republican support. President Trump plans to repeal it, replacing it (hopefully) with something more viable/cost effective.

Bill Clinton
Real: "I did not have sex with that woman."
Clinton was later impeached by the House of Representatives for lying under oath. The matter went nowhere, however, with a vote in the Senate falling short of the two-thirds majority required to convict and remove an officeholder.
Hillary Clinton

Real: “I have not supported same-sex marriages. I have supported civil partnerships and contractual relationships.”

Donald Trump
Real: “I have a great relationship with the Mexican people.”

Donald Trump
Real: "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me. Believe me. And I'll build it very inexpensively. I'll  build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
From Trump's campaign kickoff (June 2015).

Donald Trump

Real: "The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, their was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country."
An excerpt from Donald Trump's Inaugural Address, January 20, 2017. The themetaking the country back.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Real: "It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order; and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it."
The Prince and the Discourses, The Modern Library, Random House, Inc., 1950, page 21, Chapter VI.

Marie Antoinette
[1] "Let them eat cake."
According to Antoinette's English-language biographer Antonia Fraser, and earlier by Louis the XVIII in his memoirs, the phrase was actually said a hundred years prior by Marie-Therese the wife of Louis XIV. It was both callous and rude and by all accounts Antoinette was neither, was in fact generous, a patroness to the disadvantaged, erroneously caught in the gathering storm that would culminate in the French Revolution and her beheading.

Sherlock Holmes
Misattribution: "Elementary, My Dear Watson."
Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, My Dear Watson" in any of the 56 short stories and four novels known as the "canon" by aficionados. The closest he came was probably in the short story "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" (pdf page 378) when discussing the fine points of a deduction with the doctor: "I have the advantage of knowing your habits, my dear Watson," said he . . . "Excellent!" I cried. "Elementary," said he. 
The word "elementary" and the phrase "my dear Watson" are in separate sentences. The phrase in its entirety became familiar to the public, in all its misattributed glory, in the radio series "The New Adventures of Sherlock Homes" broadcast from 1939 to 1950. In a movie "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" the first Holmes talkie. And in newspaper articles dating all the way back to 1909.

Misquote: “Me Tarzan. You Jane.”
Almost but not quite. The closest Tarzan (originally) came was in Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan the Ape Man, where while poking Jane in the shoulder he repeated over and over “Jane, Tarzan. Jane, Tarzan. Jane, Tarzan.”


Real: "Live long and prosper."
The Vulcan greeting "live long and prosper"
"dif-tor heh smusma" in the Vulcan language—appeared for the first time in the original Star Trek's "Amok Time" written by Theodore Sturgeon. [2] The reply "peace and long life" is less well known (Star Trek TNG). The two phrases are sometimes interchangedgreeting and replyone for the other.

Real: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
It's real, though at times it's embellished, inconsistent and/or used foolishly: In The Wrath of Khan, Spock says, "Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Kirk completes the discourse with "Or the one." Later dying from radiation exposure, Spock says to Kirk "Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . ." Kirk finishes for him, "The needs of the few." Spock struggling, adds, "Or the one." In The Search for Spock, the Vulcan, restored to his former self, asks the Captain why the crew (risking everything) came back for him. Kirk answers, "Because the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many,"
a position Spock, in The Voyage Home, puts down to "humans make illogical decisions." Later, however, with Chekov in trouble, he insists the crew put their mission and themselves in jeopardy and try to save him. Questioned by Kirk, as to whether that is the logical thing to do, he answers, "No, but it is the human thing to do." And finally in 2013's prequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock speaking from inside an active volcano, is primarily concerned that the Enterprise by exposing itself will contaminate the culture of a small group of indigenous peoples"Such action violates the Prime Directive." McCoy in response "Shut up, Spock! We're trying to save you, damn It!" Spock in response "Doctor, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

Captain Kirk

Misquote: “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Almost but not quite. The closest the Captain came was in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in which he said “Scotty, beam me up.” The misquote as used in popular culture "Beam me up,Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here" is reflective of a desire to escape
one's day to day problems or relationships. Expressed colloquially: Get me outta here. These people are bananas/fried/bats/bonkers etc.

Misquote: “Play it again,Sam.”
There were actually two exchanges in the movie Casablanca that came close. The first between Ilsa Lund Laszlo (Ingrid Bergman) and Sam (Dooley Wilson): “Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake.” Then after a negative response from Sam, a gentle plea “Play it, Sam. Play as Time Goes By.” The second between an intoxicated Richard [Rick] Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Sam: “You played it for her, you can play it for me!” Then after a negative response from Sam, an angry retort “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

[1] Misattribution means to attribute incorrectly, as in "He misattributed the quote to Hemingway."

[2] Interestingly enough the famous phrase was first voiced as "Live long, T'Pau, and prosper" with Spock saying goodbye to T'Pau a revered Vulcan leader. T'Pau responds with "Live long and prosper, Spock."

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