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American History Quotes #1

Fill the blanks in these famous quotes from American history.
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
First submittedFebruary 25, 2010
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Who Said It
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Neil Armstrong
One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself
Horace Greeley
Go west, young man
Harry Truman
The buck stops here
Ronald Reagan
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Patrick Henry
Give me liberty, or give me death
George Bush, Sr.
Read my lips: No new taxes
Richard Nixon
I am not a crook
Abraham Lincoln
A house divided against itself cannot stand
Martin Luther King
I have a dream
Thomas Jefferson
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
Teddy Roosevelt
Speak softly and carry a big stick
Malcolm X
It's got to be the ballot or the bullet
Franklin D. Roosevelt
December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy
Unknown (Battle of Bunker Hill)
Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes
Ben Franklin
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a
little temporary safety deserve neither
Joe Namath
We're going to win Sunday. I guarantee it
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level 44
Mar 15, 2013
17/17 with 2:38 left. Didn't know the Namath quote, but I guessed it right :)
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level 67
May 13, 2018
Could've also gone with (to Suzy Kolber): "I wanna kiss you."
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level 17
May 10, 2013
I got all of them! I love history.
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level 57
Jun 28, 2013
"i want to kiss you" - joe namath
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level 29
May 16, 2014
i couldnt care less about the team strugg-a-ling
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
Wasn't that awful. Poor Suzy Kolber. But I guess that was the beginning of his turning sober.
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level 54
Jul 17, 2013
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" is attributed to William Prescott, though he might have said "color" rather than "whites." (according to Answers.com)
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level 61
Nov 14, 2013
Either that or Israel Putnam. (amazing what you can learn from Assassin's Creed!)
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level 79
Sep 28, 2015
Well, according to Johnny Horton, it was definitely Andrew Jackson (Old Hickory)! ;)
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
Or Dr. Warren.
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level 76
Jan 19, 2018
Johnny Horton sang, "Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise if we didn't fire our muskets till we looked 'em in the eyes." He didn't mention the color. (But I started singing the song in my head as soon as I saw the clue.) "We held our fire till we see'd their faces well, then we opened up our squirrel guns and really gave 'em...well, we..." Darn, now I'll be singing that all day.
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level 73
Jan 19, 2018
Usually attributed Prescott, but also to others at the battle that took place on Breed's Hill. Quizmaster is right that it is unknown as historians disagree on who actually said it at this battle. Prescott is the natural assumption as the commander in charge. It is also not an original statement and was used previously in military battles.
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level 72
Oct 17, 2013
100%, and no one is more surprised than me! I guessed the Namath one and got the Nixon one thanks to Point Break.
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level 49
Dec 12, 2013
The "House Divided" quote is originally from the bible.
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level 48
Jul 11, 2014
Ugh--I also kept trying liberties...:(
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level 45
Jul 13, 2014
For the Horace Greeley quote, I was just trying anything: Go: deep, long, wide, home, away, fish!
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level 58
Sep 30, 2015
Same! I tried go forth, live, love, hence, fight, dream, out, on, back, speak, sing, play, then, thence......but not "west."
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
thank you. A little levity on a site riddled with anality.
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level 62
Jan 19, 2018
Go away?! I actually got it on my second guess. Pretty pleased, being from New Zealand an' all.
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level 54
Jul 27, 2014
Why is Malcolm X included among Jefferson, Lincoln, Reagan, and Truman?
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level 65
Jun 1, 2015
The better question is, why on Earth is Reagan included among Jefferson, Lincoln, Malcolm X, and Truman?
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level 65
Sep 28, 2015
Because he was one of the greatest Presidents of all time.
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level 55
Mar 21, 2017
^^^LOL
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
I have no problem with Malcolm the Tenth being here.
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level 38
Feb 18, 2019
Caribdevist: Exactly! Lousy actor, forgettable spokesman, mediocre president.
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level 62
Jul 3, 2015
So, just to be clear, you don't have a problem with Joe Nameth, but you draw the line at an important civil rights leader. Do we understand that correctly?
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level 38
Oct 28, 2017
Kudos to you, Kinjapan! Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it! And the state of affairs in the US are ripe for another Malcolm X.
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level 77
Sep 27, 2015
If you are an athlete, coach, sports announcer etc. you can say something completely trite/stupid/cliche and people will treat it like it's brilliant.
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level 54
Sep 28, 2015
Ain't that the truth? For example, "Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up." That would be a perfectly good answer on an elementary schooler's essay about obstacles, but it's somehow important because Michael Jordan said it. (Full disclosure, I'm not picking on Jordan. I think he's a darn decent man.)
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level 61
Jan 19, 2018
Well if you're referring to the Namath quote, it's not that what he said is brilliant, it's the context of the quote that makes it memorable. There are very few other sports quotes that I think people deem memorable. I can only think of Muhammad Ali's and Yogi Berra's quotes, which are memorable for their vivid and colorful expressions.
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level 77
Jan 19, 2018
jmellor, what about:
Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. (gag)
Winners never quit and quitters never win. (snore)
You will always miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. (okay not terrible, but still pretty obvious)
Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you. (again, not terrible, but self-evident)
“The most valuable player is the one that makes the most players valuable.” (eyeroll)
"I just come do what I've got to do, play my game. And I don't worry if anybody likes it." (wow, inspiring)
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
(Vince Lombardi is a treasure trove of awful quotes)
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
"Nice guy finish last," Leo Durocher.
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level 77
Jan 19, 2018
or... this isn't even from a real coach I think it's just from a TV show: "Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose." .... Mitt Romney found this so inspirational in the context of a television show about high school football that he started saying it during his campaign for US president. But it's just such a trite and meaningless quote, people only have such a response to it because they get so emotional about sports.
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level 68
Jan 27, 2018
Its adapted from Friday Night Lights the movie, for the TV show. I loved that speech and used to play it for my students right before their final exams.
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level 77
Jan 31, 2018
I know which show it's from I just wasn't sure if any real people other than Mitt Romney ever said it. The fact that you found it inspirational enough to play for your students helps shore up my point.
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level 57
Sep 27, 2015
17/17 3:09 remaining. Good quiz!
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level 39
Oct 31, 2015
Yeah I thought this was about the movie American history X I am tired and slightly retarted
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level 53
Feb 26, 2016
The guy who said dont fire until you see the whites of their eyes was named israel prescott
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level 38
Nov 21, 2017
A much more representative of Theodore Roosevelt would be his motto:"When you've got them by the b*lls their hearts and minds will follow".
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level 77
Jan 19, 2018
Nothing by Trump?
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level 41
Jan 19, 2018
Trump is not a historical figure.
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
We may wish he was history, but he is historical. Quotes? Could anyone be less quotable? "I am a steady genius." Puhleeeeze!
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level 38
Jan 20, 2018
Nor has he, in all of his gibberish and nonsensical tweets, said anything even remotely worth quoting.
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level 49
May 13, 2018
Sigh. There are many historical figures I don't like. They are still historical figures.
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level 77
Feb 26, 2019
I have a feeling he will be well remembered. I mean, history remembers Augustus, but it also hasn't forgotten Caligula.
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level 61
Jun 27, 2019
@divantilya being quotable and the quote itself being important meaningful or full of wisdom is not the same thing.

Stupid comments are more often than not more quatable then when some says something that actually makes sense. It being memorably makes something quotable, and that often works well when it sounds like something you could put on a tile..

Like if you dont begin you will never start etc ( just made that up, sorry if it is grammatically incorrect english) And you wont get wet if you use an umbrella..

genius wisdom at work right there... it is all about circumstances, what and how someone says something.

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level 62
Jan 19, 2018
Please, no.
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level 46
Jan 19, 2018
It's a little bizarre to have 100% of the quotes attributed to men. Here are some suggestions! Susan B Anthony Harriet Tubman Amelia Earhart Maya Angelou Eleanor Roosevelt Rosa Parks Harriet Beecher Stowe Marilyn Monroe Helen Keller
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level 49
Jan 19, 2018
Which quotes would you use? These magnificent women are a great credit to humanity, womanhood, and their country, but I can't recall a particular quote usable on a trivia site.
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level 62
Jan 19, 2018
"Life is either a great adventure or nothing." "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller.
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level 38
Jan 30, 2018
Try: "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission", (Eleanor Roosevelt)
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level 77
Feb 26, 2019
I see this one attributed to Monroe and quoted all the time usually in girl's online dating profiles: "if you can't handle me at my worst you don't deserve me at my best." I don't know if that attribution is accurate or not.
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level 57
Jan 19, 2018
Either I have to learn the new Common Core math, or something weird happened. I did one quiz, earned 4/5 points, and it added one point to the total points. Then I did this one and got 5/5, and it added two points. Has the formula changed?
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level 58
Jan 20, 2018
If you previously played this quiz and got 3 points, then playing again and getting 5 points will add 2 additional points (not 5 more). At least as I understand it. Also, I believe when quizzes get updated your points on them are removed, so you can play the updated quiz and get points again. (At least I think that's how it works.) So either of those things might have happened. Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken.
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level 79
Oct 7, 2019
its probably that the points for all quizzes were updated so some other quiz lost 3 points and you got 5 more here.
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level 34
Jan 20, 2018
President Trump saying: "We're gonna win so much, you might even get tired of winning! We're gonna win on borders, we're gonna win with the military, win with the economy, win on healthcare, win on foreign policy, win on infrastructure, then you're gonna say, 'Mr. President, we can't keep winning like this. I think we need to slow down.' No! We need to win MOAR! MOAR! We have to keep winning!"
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level 77
Feb 26, 2019
How about "I know all the best people. I know people so good you wouldn't believe. They're so good that two years in to my presidency a small minority of them won't yet be fired, under investigation, or serving prison sentences."
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level 51
Jan 23, 2018
3:14 left, very nice.