There's no question that motivational quotes can inspire you to become more successful, achieve better work/life balance, advance your career and create long-term enlightenment. However, were you aware that many motivational quotes are quoted incorrectly?

In most cases, the errors are the result of key elements of quote being left out. So, since today is special (and--let's be honest here--aren't all days special in their own way?), I thought I'd post the  motivational quotes that people most frequently quote incorrectly:

1. Thomas Carlyle

As Quoted: "No pressure, no diamond."

Original: "No pressure on boyfriend, no diamond."

2. Socrates

As Quoted: "An unexamined life is not worth living."

Original: "An unexamined life is not worth living... if you can call that living."

3. Mahatma Gandi

As Quoted: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win."

Original: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. Then they laugh at you again because, ha-ha sucker, we faked your win."

4. Helen Keller

As Quoted: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." 

Original: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. And optimism, of course. Plus time and resources. Did I mention optimism?" 

5. Stan Lee

As Quoted: "With great power comes great responsibility."

Original: "With great power comes great merchandising royalties."

6. Napoleon Hill

As Quoted: "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

Original: "Whatever the mind of woman can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Man not so much."

7. Henry Ford

As Quoted: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

Original: Whether you think you think you can or you can't think that you think you can't, wait, what was the question?"

8. Albert Einstein

As Quoted: "Everyone is unique."

Original: "Everyone is unique except you."

9. Oprah Winfrey

As Quoted: "Everything happens for a reason."

Original: "Everything happens, for some reason."

10. Isaac Newton

As Quoted: "When God closes a door, He opens a window."

Original: "After God closes a door, He throws you through the window."

11. Jesus

As Quoted: "Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you."

Original: "Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you; leave a message at the tone and I'll get back to you."

12. Yoda

As Quoted: "Do or do not. There is no try."

Original: "Where the porg repellent put you did?"

14. Sheryl Sandberg 

As Quoted: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

Original: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket, don't ask what seat! Just get it on."

Published on: Apr 1, 2018