Famous Misquotes – No. 4

“Money is the root of all evil.”

No, it’s not.

The original phrase is found in the New Testament in Paul’s first epistle to Timothy*.

It actually says: “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

So that’s all right then. You can be both good and rich.

Phew!

*Timothy:  6.10

One thought on “Famous Misquotes – No. 4

  1. Misquotes – at least the ones that endure – are usually shorter and pithier than the original. The reason for altering them may be to make them easier to remember but perhaps also to make them truer to human experience. Paul was a theologian (actually an inventor of a religion) with an axe to grind and a tendency to over-sophistication. The misquote cuts to the chase and, I think, is truer.

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