# Who didn't say it?

1. Dec 6, 2012

### BobG

The ground rules are to give a famous (or at least somewhat known) quote that really wasn't uttered, and definitely not uttered by the person it's attributed to.

That's important - that the quote wasn't really uttered by the person it's usually attributed to.

The object is to guess who the quote is usually attributed to. Bonus points for knowing the true story behind the quote.

Just to make the idea clear, I'll give the first quote (an incredibly easy one).

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2. Dec 6, 2012

### drizzle

Sherlock Holmes?

3. Dec 6, 2012

### Jimmy Snyder

Play it again Sam.

4. Dec 6, 2012

### phinds

What Rick really said was "Play it Sam"

5. Dec 6, 2012

### Jimmy Snyder

To arms, to arms, the British are coming.

6. Dec 6, 2012

### phinds

I think what Paul actually said was laced with obscenities so we can't print it here.

7. Dec 6, 2012

### BobG

Yes, but to get the bonus points, you had to name the story in which he didn't say it. :rofl:

The closest he came to saying this was in the story, "The Crooked Man":

All the parts are there - just not in the same sentence.

8. Dec 6, 2012

### Jimmy Snyder

The world will end on Dec 21, 2012.

9. Dec 6, 2012

### drizzle

:rofl:

10. Dec 6, 2012

### BobG

Longfellow didn't say this either, which kind of surprised me.

He never actually says what the message was.

Newman Hall came close to saying it though:

11. Dec 6, 2012

### SHISHKABOB

12. Dec 6, 2012

### BobG

Darth Vader. (He didn't use Luke's name, which certainly tempted Luke to respond: "You talkin' to me?!")

13. Dec 6, 2012

### BobG

"Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt".

14. Dec 6, 2012

### lisab

Staff Emeritus

King Kong

hahaha

15. Dec 6, 2012

### Jimmy Snyder

It is better to have loved and lost a short girl than to have never loved a tall.

16. Dec 6, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Veni, vidi, relinqui.

Caesar didn't say this because he won the battle

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17. Dec 6, 2012

### Jimmy Snyder

$E = mc^2$

What he actually wrote was
If a body gives oﬀ the energy L in the form of radiation, its mass diminishes
by L/V^2 (V was the symbol he used for c)

18. Dec 6, 2012

### zoobyshoe

F=ma

Seriously, he never said it or wrote it.

19. Dec 6, 2012

### zoobyshoe

I've seen this attributed to Mark Twain many times.

20. Dec 6, 2012

### BobG

It's most often attributed to Mark Twain... plus to Abraham Lincoln, Confuscious, George Eliot.... and any of them could have said it in private conversation, or something very similar, but none of them said this in any of their published works.

Its source probably comes from this:

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." -- Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28