I had such fun writing my last post of quotes taken out of context that today, I’m doing it again! This time, I’m taking British author quotes out of context.
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British Author Quotes Taken Out of Context
Take a look at how the meaning of these British author quotes change when they are taken out of context.
George Orwell, 1984
Out of Context: “A lunatic was simply a minority.”
In Context: “Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”
Out of Context: “Men know best about everything.”
In Context: “And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Out of Context:“Brevity is the soul of wit and tediousness.”
In Context: “Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
British Author Quotes Out of Context: “Pride is not a bad thing.”
In Context: “We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.”
Charles Dickens, Master Humphrey’s Clock
Out of Context: “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”
In Context: “To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.
Out of Context: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (this one comes from the movie, but is often attributed as a book quote).
In Context: “He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
A.A. Miline, Winnie the Pooh
British Author Quotes Out of Context: “I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true.”
In Context: There is no reference for this. Winnie the Pooh, as I uncovered last time, is one of the most wrongfully-quoted stories in the entire history of books (maybe other than religious texts). This line actually comes from Winnie The Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure. You can hear the miss-attributed line at 1:27.
What British author quotes taken out of context bother you?
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