Well many of the most famous quotes are misquotes, but here is the researched actuals of my favorites:
From the Winston’s Churchill’s speech to the Harrow School, 29 October 1941 after 10 months of a war alone against Nazi Germany… Never Give In, Never, Never, Never – The Churchill Centre
this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Fortune favors the bold which is from the “Aeneid”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeneid which is an epic poem by Virgil that tells the story of Aeneas, the Trojan who is the ancestor of the romns. and uses classical Latin “spelling’:http://www.proz.com/kudoz/latin_to_english/poetry_literature/2673397-audentis_or_audentes.html of audentis not audentes and iuvat which is pronounced juvat.
“Edmund Burke”:http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Edmund_Burke is misquoted to have said, “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. But it looks “like”:http://www.tartarus.org/~martin/essays/burkequote.html he never said this, although he did say.Edmund Burke – Wikiquote
It may have been adapted from these lines of Burke’s in his Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770): “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
There is also much controversy about an add that Lord Earnest Shackleton took out for his Antarctic expedition. No one has been able to find the original source newspaper or the date and there is a reward. It appears this was not for the ill-fated and famous Endurance expedition, but is probably for the earlier Nimrod one. But most folks now this it came from a adwriter who wrote a book about top 100 best ads and he probably made up the #1 pick himself 1949 pulpbook called the 100 best ads by Julian Watkins which was in a turn a crib from another guy Tillman who himself made up the story of his own ad.
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”
Finally, we have the Art of War (å«åå…µæ³• Sun2 Zi2 Bing1 Fa2)
The Art of War – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will fight without danger in battles.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.