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Quote, misquote

"Fresh ideas are not always the best ideas" - or so the quotation goes, summing up the sentiment that, sometimes, a really great saying can be the most effective form of communication.

However, sometimes the words of the great and the good can become misconstrued throughout history. These misquotations can be a simple mistake, attributed to the wrong person, or changed over time for ease - but The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations aims to set things right. In celebration of the book's 70th anniversary, we've dug through their archives of famous misquotations, and added a few of our own into the mix...

Picture credits: Rex Features



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