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101 Great 'Quotations' Trivia Questions
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Who is generally considered to have been the first to say or write the following?

  • Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow
    Aesop
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
    Muhammad Ali
  • I married beneath me. All women do
    Nancy Astor (Viscountess)
  • Give me chastity and continency: But not yet
    Saint Augustine
  • There's a sucker born every minute
    Phineas Taylor Barnum
  • Life is rather like a can of sardines: We're all of us looking for the key
    Alan Bennett
  • An actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening
    Marlon Brando
  • I came, I saw, I conquered
    Julius Ceasar
  • You dirty, double crossing rat
    James Cagny
  • I don't even know what street Canada is on
    Al Capone
  • Never make a defence or an apology before you are accused
    Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • Retirement, for a monarch, is not a good thing
    Charles, Prince of Wales
  • I prefer old age to the alternative
    Maurice Chevalier
  • The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual'
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • A man's house is his castle
    Sir Edward Coke
  • A man is as old as he's feeling: A woman as old as she looks
    Mortimer Collins
  • Not to be sneezed at
    George Colman
  • There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse
    Quentin Crisp
  • There are some women who should barely be spoken to; they should only be caressed
    Edgar Degas
  • I just forgot to duck
    Jack Dempsey
  • Accidents will occur in the best regulated families
    Charles Dickens
  • There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • All for one and one for all
    Alexander Dumas
  • Nice guys finish last
    Leo Durocher
  • Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% percent perspiration
    Thomas Alva Edison
  • God does not play dice
    Albert Einstein
  • Human kind cannot bear very much reality
    Thomas Stearns Elliot
  • All my possessions for a moment of time
    Elizabeth I of England
  • If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Three may keep a secret if two are dead
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Nobody can simply bring together a country which has 265 kinds of cheese
    Charles DeGaulle
  • (When asked what he thought of western civilisation) I think it would be a good idea
    Mahatma Ghandi
  • The good of the people is the chief law
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • This was their finest hour
    Winston Churchill
  • Not only is there no God but try getting a plumber on the weekend
    Woody Allen
  • When I appear in public people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground and swish my tail - none of which is easy
    Princess Anne
  • From politics it was an easy step to silence
    Jane Austin
  • There is less in this than meets the eye
    Tallulah Bankhead
  • I am not overfond of resisting temptation
    William Beckford
  • I shall hear in Heaven
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • That's it baby, if you've got it, flaunt it
    Mel Brooks
  • Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God
    Lenny Bruce
  • Population growth is the primary source of environmental damage
    Jacques Cousteau
  • When I split an infinative, God damn it, I split it so it stays split
    Raymond Chandler
  • All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a girl
    Sir Charles Chaplin
  • I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse
    Charles V (Holy Roman Emperor)
  • Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • Mirrors should think longer before they reflect
    Jean Cocteau
  • My virtue's still far too small, I don't trot it out and about yet
    Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
  • The people may be forced to follow a course of action, but they may not be made to understand it
    Confucius
  • Abandon all hope, you who enter here
    Dante Alighieri
  • Fasten your seatbelts, its going to be a bumpy night
    Bette Davis
  • Politics is too important to be left to the politicians
    Charles De Gaulle
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
    Charles Dickens
  • Come live with me and be my love
    And we will some new pleasures prove
    John Donne
  • All generalizations are dangerous, even this one
    Alexandre Dumas
  • I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love
    Edward VIII of England
  • Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler
    Albert Einstein
  • Now we can look the East End in the face
    Elizabeth the Queen Mother
  • Never give a sucker an even break
    W. C. Fields
  • The bigger they come the harder they fall
    Bob Fitzsimmons
  • My people and I have come to an agreement which suits us both. They are to say what they please and I am to do what I please
    Frederick the Great of Prussia
  • In the afluent society no useful distinction can be made between luxuries and necessities
    John Kenneth Galbraith
  • But it does move
    Galileo Galilei
  • I want to be alone
    Greta Garbo
  • Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth
    Aristotle
  • That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
    Neil Armstrong
  • He could not see a belt without hitting below it
    Margot Asquith
  • Rome has spoken, the case is concluded
    Saint Augustine
  • And its goodnight from him
    Ronnie Barker
  • One should try everything once except incest and folk dancing
    Sir Arnold Bax
  • A storm in a teacup
    W. B. Bernard
  • Since when was genius found respectable
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword
    Baron Lytton
  • Should auld acquaintance be forgot
    Robert Burns
  • Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liquers at one go
    Truman Capote
  • Curiouser and curiouser
    Lewis Carrol
  • Let not poor Nelly starve
    Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets the more interested he is in her
    Dame Agatha Christie
  • When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • And a thousand, thousand slimy things lived on and so did I
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Imitation is the sincerest of flattery
    Charles Caleb Colton
  • Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun
    Sir Noel Coward
  • Man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin
    Charles Darwin
  • Art is vice, you don't marry it legitimately, you ravish it
    Edgar Degas
  • I think therefore I am
    Rene Descartes
  • Little things affect little minds
    Benjamin Disreali
  • When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There is plenty of time to win this game and thrash the Spaniards too.
    Sir Francis Drake
  • The times they are a changin'
    Bob Dylan
  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind
    Albert Einstein
  • This is the way that the world ends: Not with a bang but with a whimper
    T. S. Elliot
  • I will make you shorter by a head
    Elizabeth I of England
  • What is a weed ? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad
    W. C. Fields
  • Remember that time is money
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in
    Robert Frost
  • I am a passenger on the spaceship Earth
    Richard Buckminster Fuller

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