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Memes are a popular trend thanks to social media. Anybody can make one, and with our cut and paste society, it is very easy to misquote another. There are several going around that I try to correct when I come across them. I remind others the ever so powerful Internet is full of incorrect information, so take heed when sharing posts. Always give credit to an artist when sharing their poetry and quotes, and be careful of propaganda…as the media’s main agenda lately seems to be deception and no longer the truth.

Here are a few misquotations that have made it around the World Wide Web:

A Bird Doesn’t Sing Because It Has an Answer, It Sings Because It Has a Song – Maya Angelou

This is a controversial one as the quote was recently placed on a US Forever stamp to commemorate the late poet. Because of her famous book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, this quote seemed to fit the theme; however the quote appears in the book “A Cup of Sun” by author Joan Walsh Anglund. The quote seems to have been recycled over many years according to quoteinvestegator.com, so read a few of the articles below to determine for yourself.

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem ― Captain Jack Sparrow

I shiver me timbers when I read this quote on a picture of Captain Jack Sparrow. As much as I love this scurvy pirate – he DID NOT utter this quote in any of the movies. Trust me…I know as I have watched them over and over again. Some argue the source is unknown while others have claimed the quote comes from the character, Coach Brevin, in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by Ann Brashares. I have never read the novel, but if you have, please let us know.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – William Shakespeare

Yes it was William, but not the great Bard. This quote is a paraphrased version of a line from William Congreve’s his play, “The Mourning Bride.” In Act III, Scene VIII, it reads “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” It is easy to see why it would be confused with Shakespeare’s writing.

Are there any other misquoted lines you see on social media? Feel free to share them with us in the comment section below.

Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.

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