The Beauty of a Misquote

I love misquotes that turn out to be just as thought-provoking as the original quotation. In a way, this kind of misquoted material is similar to a remix that takes the original art and adds one’s own spin on it.

Here is an example of one such misquote found in John Dominic Crossan’s book “The Power of the Parable:”

“God made you without,” said Augustine of Hippo in 416. “He doesn’t justify you without you.”

While Desmond Tutu beautifully misquoted this saying:

“God, without us, will not; as we, without God, cannot.”

-Crossan, The Power of Parable p.135

Have you heard or created any beautiful misquotations of this nature?

Published by Wess Daniels

Teacher, author, Quaker, ​and public theologian. Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College.

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