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5 Famous Literary Quotes You’re Remembering Wrong

When numerous people share the same false memory, it’s called the Mandela Effect. Some of the most popular examples of this are the oft-quoted line “Beam me up, Scotty!” (a phrase which is never actually uttered on Star Trek), or the fact that it’s spelled Oscar M-A-Y-E-R rather than M-E-Y-E-R even though I have vivid childhood memories of the latter. The only explanation I can come up with is that someone went back and edited both pieces of media, then disseminated them worldwide to mess with me personally.

It happens with TV shows, with movies, with beloved childhood hotdog brands, and with classic novels. Tomorrow we will deal with the hotdogs, but today? Classic novels. Here are some extremely famous quotes you’re almost certainly remembering wrong.

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