If you have Ralph Keyes’s book “Nice Guys Finish Seventh,” he has a great chapter on “The Rules of Misquotation that interpret the whole phenomenon of misquotations and misattributions very nicely. This book is a must read for us quoteaholics.
See Bartlett’s Quotations … or, better still, Ralph Keyes, “Nice Guys Finish Seventh.”
I particularly like “Nice Guys Finish Seventh” by Ralph Keyes …
An amusing popular book about misattributed quotations is “Nice Guys Finish Seventh” by Ralph Keyes, which is chock full of meticulous information on dozens of spurious quotations, many of which I used to quote confidently.
I found my reference: a marvelous little book by Ralph Keyes titled “Nice Guys Finish Seventh”.
A definitive answer arose in the wonderful book “Nice Guys Finish Seventh”: False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations.