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Sayings Attributed to the Wrong Person

1. “Anybody who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad.”
Attributed to W. C. Fields, actually said by Leo Rosten at a dinner introducing Fields.

2. “Go west, young man!
Horace Greeley—John Doule in an article in the Terre Haute Express, 1851

3. “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!”
Mark Twain—Charles Dudley Warner (editorial, the Hartford Courant, 1897)

4. “Survival of the fittest.”
Charles Darwin—Herbert Spencer (Principles of Biology, part 11, chapter 12)

5. “That government is best which governs least.”
Thomas Jefferson—Henry David Thoreau (who put it in quotation marks in Civil Disobedience and called it a “motto”)

6. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
The Bible—John Wesley (Sermons, No. 93, “on Dress”)

7. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Confucius—Lao Tzu (The Way of Lao Tzu)

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