Misinterpreted Quotes Over Time

By: ALEXIS GILLEY

Over time saying and quotes have easily been misinterpreted from their original meaning. Whether it was total misunderstanding or people chopping the original quote up to fit their idea of the intended meaning, some of the differences show to be quite contradicting towards each other. One commonly known quote being “Blood is thicker than water.”

The saying blood is thicker than water actually originated from the saying, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Covenant meaning agreement. Albert Jack and Messianic Rabbi Richard Pustelniam understood this original meaning as the ties between people who have made a blood agreement or have or had shed blood in battle together were stronger than ties formed by “The water of the womb.” A similar idea being that bonds binded by choice are stronger(or more important) then the people you are “Bound to by womb.” Today’s interpretation of, “family is more important than outside things,” makes sense if you are looking at the chopped down version, blood is thicker than water.   

Another saying that has been cut down and misinterpreted is the greek proverb, Great minds think alike. The full saying being, “Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ.” The meaning that you may not always be as smart as you think, despite someone else backing up/sharing your idea or thought. Quite similar to the quote before, depending on word choice people can really bend the quote to their power. 

“There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Sound familiar? This quote from the bible, Isaiah 15:21, is actually the origin to the quote “No rest for the wicked.” Where you can still understand how rest may have been ment towards rest of punishment, the word choice still differs enough for someone to assume meaning sleep. Both quotes read fairly similar though.   

Overtime quotes and sayings are altered through perception or purely because someone only enjoys a certain part of the phrase. Without knowing there is a different meaning behind most of the quotes it is easy to assume they were always as is.   

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