Great misquotations: The famous things they never actually said

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He never really said that-
In the days after Osama bin Laden's death, a quote attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. went viral, posted and tweeted by millions of ... more 
Photo by: Martin Mills/Getty Images
He never really said that-
In the days after Osama bin Laden's death, a quote attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. went viral, posted and tweeted by millions of people who were relieved that the terrorist had been eliminated but appalled by the idea of celebrating. The quote summed up their feelings well: "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy."

It's a great quote. The problem is, the Rev. King never actually said it.

After a bit of sleuthing, Megan McArdle, a blogger at The Atlantic, discovered that the quote was from Jessica Dovey, a 24-year-old English teacher in Kobe, Japan. Dovey had posted the sentiment on Facebook, along with an actual quote from a speech that King gave at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957. Her entire Facebook status read: less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 4:56 PM EST




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