Top 13 Usually Misquoted Motivational Quotes

Often the original quotation is far more profounder than the version everyone thinks is correct.

There's no question that motivational quotes can inspire you to become more successful, achieve better work/life balance, advance your career and create long-term enlightenment. However, were you aware that many motivational quotes are quoted incorrectly?

In most cases, the errors are the result of key elements of quote being left out. So, since today is special (and--let's be honest here--aren't all days special in their own way?), I thought I'd post the motivational quotes that people most frequently quote incorrectly:

1. Thomas Carlyle
As Quoted: "No pressure, no diamond."

Original: "No pressure on boyfriend, no diamond."

2. Socrates
As Quoted: "An unexamined life is not worth living."

Original: "An unexamined life is not worth living... if you can call that living."

3. Mahatma Gandi
As Quoted: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win."

Original: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. Then they laugh at you again because, ha-ha sucker, we faked your win."

4. Helen Keller
As Quoted: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

Original: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. And optimism, of course. Plus time and resources. Did I mention optimism?"

5. Stan Lee
As Quoted: "With great power comes great responsibility."

Original: "With great power comes great merchandising royalties."

6. Napoleon Hill
As Quoted: "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

Original: "Whatever the mind of woman can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Man not so much."

7. Henry Ford
As Quoted: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

Original: Whether you think you think you can or you can't think that you think you can't, wait, what was the question?"

8. Albert Einstein
As Quoted: "Everyone is unique."

Original: "Everyone is unique except you."

9. Oprah Winfrey
As Quoted: "Everything happens for a reason."

Original: "Everything happens, for some reason."

10. Isaac Newton
As Quoted: "When God closes a door, He opens a window."

Original: "After God closes a door, He throws you through the window."

11. Jesus
As Quoted: "Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you."

Original: "Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you; leave a message at the tone and I'll get back to you."

12. Yoda
As Quoted: "Do or do not. There is no try."

Original: "Where the porg repellent put you did?"

13. Sheryl Sandberg 
As Quoted: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

Original: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket, don't ask what seat! Just get it on."

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