Popular Misused Quotes (Top 20)

In a bid to sound intelligent, many people throw quotes around. If anyone took a few minutes to look at the quotes, the stupidity would become all the more evident. The following are some of the top most misused quotes which people are getting all wrong.

To be fair, even badly used quotes can be used to motivate; and so good results can come from such misuse, but it is always better to be sure of what one is saying, so as not to give misleading advice, or to mix things up and motivate a person to become a serial killer.

If the last clause seems far fetched, then you should see the first quote listed below.

Top 20 Misused Quotes In The World

1. “America will tolerate the taking of a human life without giving it a second thought. But don’t misuse a household pet”- Dick Gregory. Was he advocating murder? Certainly not! But in the wrong context, that quote can cause all kinds of havoc; especially when the last part is left out.

2. “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die” – Warren Buffett. This quote came from the world’s number one investor who has ownership of many companies working round the clock, and who therefore makes money without even knowing it.

That quote has been misused by gamblers, who think he was talking about winning bets while sleeping. Or earning from poorly designed forex robots. Sadly, this means poverty for most people who say this quote.

3. “Money is the root of all evil”- The Bible. This is arguably the most misused quote in the world because it is incomplete, and in its incomplete form it produces a completely different meaning. The complete quote is “the love of money is the root of all evil,” and it is talking about the love of money (AKA Greed), not money itself.

4. “Great Minds Think Alike”-. This is one of the popular misused quotes in the world;  it is also quite dangerous especially when used in politics or economics. This is because:

Just because two people think along the same line or have the same idea does not make them great minds. Stupid people can think alike; in fact they seldom differ in thoughts. This quote just means that a second person thinking along a line could validate an idea.

5. “My Country, Right or Wrong”- Carl Shurz. Yet another incomplete quote thrown around by stupid people; this quote is mostly used by chicken-hawks to justify war. but what Carl Shurz really said was “My country, right or wrong; If right to be kept right; and if wrong to be set right.”

6. “Ignorance Is Bliss”- Thomas Gray. At first glance it looks like the quote is actually saying it is better to be ignorant. When ignorant drunks throw it around, it certainly looks like they feel on top of the world for no other reason than being stupid.

This is one of the world’s most popular quotes; but it is often misused.

The quote is actually saying that knowledge can weigh on one’s mind, thus taking the smile away. It is true; but it is better to live with a frown than laugh one’s way to the slaughter-house.

7. “Stupidity is also God’s gift to man, but one mustn’t misuse it”- Pope John Paul II (attributed). Okay, what does this mean?

8. “Nice guys finish last”- Leo Durocher. This is another quote thrown around by wannabe bad boys, thinking that it somehow makes them achievers. In truth; it makes them total losers; and the man who made the quote later said “I never did say that you can’t be a nice guy and win.”

9.   “The Devil is in the details.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. When the German architect made that quote, he certainly was not justifying laziness.

In certain circumstances this is a very stupid quote to make.  Lazy people have somehow managed to turn this one to their favor; now they think they can get away without putting in the work, and paying attention to the details of whatever they are doing.

10.  “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” That statement encompasses everything that is wrong with the world. You still see it thrown around by racist retards on the internet. For the record, the man to who the quote is credited later came out to deny ever saying that.

11.  “Good fences make good neighbors” – Bobby Frost. People take this quote to mean that they need good fences to keep their neighbors away, and that a distant, pretentious smile is what it means to have good neighbors. What the author actually meant is that when you come together to mend fences, we strengthen neighborly bonds.

12.  “Money Makes The World Go Round.” Yet again, that is another stupid quote thrown around to justify greed, or crime, or getting money at all costs.

Money is certainly good for taking care of one’s needs, but if one ends up in prison or in a grave, it won’t make the world go round then.

13.  “But who can watch the watchmen?”- Juvenal. Roman author and poet, Juvenal was actually talking about women. You know how they are always righteous and good,  and how men are demonized.

People however use this quote to talk about government. But history has shown that there is sense to this; if we don’t watch the watchman, they will take our freedoms away. Government must be accountable to the people.

14. “The Good Die Young.”- The Bible. Speaking with a wider perspective, one can say that everybody dies, whether they are good or bad. However, from an overly righteous person’s point of view it should probably be only wicked people doing the dying.

15. “Heaven Helps Those Who Help Themselves”- Bible.  This quote is often attributed to the bible, although it does not appear anywhere in the bible.

Furthermore, the quote is misused to justify some of the most heinous acts; theft, robbery, terrorism- as far as some profit is to be made.

16. “Stupid is as stupid does.” Everyone has the right to say this quote, except people who are into politics. This is because they often think that their views, policies, and agendas are reasonable, while the opposition is stupid.

17. “The Devil You Know Is Better Than The Angel You Don’t.” Obviously, the point is that there is some virtue in patience, and that one should look before leaping. This is one of the popular misused quotes causing the most damage in the world today because:

It is an absolutely evil quote to say to someone stuck in an abusive relationship. Idiots who say that quote in such settings have no idea that they are condemning a person to a lifetime of mental and physical torture from which they may never recover.

18. “What Is Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander.” Okay, this quote may have been made to show the need for equity and fairness, especially in the distribution of resources in any community or nation.

However, it is an atrocious thing to say in medical terms, in raising a child, or certain other circumstances. There is simply no one size fits all approach- the needs of the individual must be considered. Nevertheless, this is one of the popular misused quotes; people throw it around without knowing the trouble they are causing.

19. “Nobody ever became poor by giving.” Well, encouraging generosity is a good thing, but how much research has actually been put into that statement? One tends to disagree with it!

20.  “If you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a book.” That is a very nice way to shade an entire race, but it does nothing to consider the social issues affecting the availability of education to all people. Besides, black people have treasured knowledge since ancient times.

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Those are some of the more popular misused quotes in the world today. They are like double edged swords; cutting both the speaker and listener. Misused quotes can cause more damage than good; completely misleading a person into doing something he will regret for the rest of his life.

Aside from that however, they can be quite funny!

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