10 Not So Famous Quotes

Carl Megill asked:

Throughout the years, there have been many unforgettable quotes by famous statesmen, heads of industry, and game show hosts.

Who will ever forget John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech where he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” Or, Nathan Hale, as he spoke before his destiny with the gallows, by uttering the now famous quote, “I regret I have but one life to give for my country.” Who will ever forget Franklin D. Roosevelt, as we entered World War II, when he told the people of the United States, “December 7th, 1941, a day that will live in infamy?”

But, do you know that there have been many quotes that have gone unnoticed throughout history? Quotes made by people as famous as Kennedy, Hale or Roosevelt, have never been made public. Here are ten quotes that many of you may, or may not, be familiar with (or, with which you may not be familiar. Take your pick.)

1. George Washington to Martha – “I’m getting ready to brush my teeth. Where’s the Lemon Pledge?”

2. Paul Revere on the night of his famous ride – “What do you mean I was doing 50 in a 35 zone?”

3. Christopher Columbus upon his arrival to the New World – “See if the guy in the loin cloth validates.”

4. Abe Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln – “Next time we go to the theater, you sit on the left.”

5. Francis Scott Key, while writing the Star Spangled Banner – “I can’t see a damn thing.”

6. Alexander Graham Bell on his wedding night – “What do you mean it’s going to cost me ten cents for an additional three minutes?”

7. Thomas Jefferson to John Hancock at the signing of The Declaration of Independence – “Come here, John, and put your Ziggy Feldman on this thing.”

8. General George Custer at Little Big Horn – “That’s the last time I book a vacation online.”

9. Nostradamus – “Hey, you can’t be right all the time.”

10. Orville Wright to his brother Wilbur at Kitty Hawk – “So, where exactly will first class be?”

There you have it, ten quotes that have gone unnoticed. I may have taken a little literary liberty (how’s that for alliteration?) on a few of them, but nonetheless, let’s not let the world be deprived of these gems. In fact, forward these to everyone in the world, so they, too, can go down in the annals of history. Thank you.

Mary Todd
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