Quotes from Historical Figures #1

Fill the blanks in these quotes often attributed to historical figures.
Some quotes paraphrased
Attributions in blue are probably false attributions
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Last updated: December 13, 2019
First submittedDecember 22, 2011
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Person
Quote
Julius Caesar
I came, I saw, I conquered
Marie Antoinette
Let them eat cake
Mohandas Gandhi
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind
George Santayana
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
Laozi
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
Thomas Edison
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration
Oscar Wilde
A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing
Albert Einstein
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results
Karl Marx
Religion is the opiate of the masses
Winston Churchill
It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
Isaac Newton
If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants
Voltaire
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him
A witty saying proves nothing
Jean-Paul Sartre
Hell is other people
Mark Twain
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics
Eleanor Roosevelt
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
George Patton
Lead, follow, or get out of the way!
Al Capone
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can
with a kind word alone
Friedrich Nietzsche
What does not kill me makes me stronger
Alexander Pope
To err is human, to forgive divine
Thomas Gray
Ignorance is bliss
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Level 44
Dec 22, 2011
I typed insane instead of insanity and graves instead of gravyards....oh well, great quiz!
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Level 52
Dec 22, 2011
I could have sworn it was "create" instead of "invent". Darn, I was so close!
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Level 58
Mar 30, 2015
Yup. Tried it at least five times, just in case.
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Level 44
May 24, 2020
that sounds crazy ;)
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Level ∞
Jun 7, 2016
Create will work now since that quote is translated from French anyway.
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Level 38
Oct 31, 2016
Create and invent are two different things which are used interchangeably but are not really interchangeable. God created man from dust. Man invents things from other things already existing. In this sense, I believe invent was used in the sense that man would "conjure" Him.
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Level 80
Feb 21, 2020
« Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer. »
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Level 69
Aug 18, 2013
Go, Caesar!! Vini, vidi, vici!!
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Level 67
Feb 21, 2020
Wine, saw, conquered?. So I guess that would be "go wine"? Perhaps in vino veritas is a saying more to your liking :)
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Level 78
Feb 21, 2020
I wish the latin version worked.
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Level 55
May 20, 2014
If there isn't a quiz on Mark Twain quotes, there should be.
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2014
Thomas Gray is my uncle...true story. =]
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Level 78
Aug 14, 2014
I didn't know the answer to the Sartre clue, but for Isaac Newton I tried typing "others" and got the Sartre answer. I love freebies!
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Level 77
Mar 7, 2017
I tried "noisy" people for Sartre's quote first. :-P
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Level 50
Aug 14, 2014
I first heard the "get out of the way" quote from Lee Iacoca.
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Level 67
Aug 14, 2014
That's actually Kelly Clarkson, not Nietzsche.
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Level 57
Aug 14, 2014
"The problem with reading quotes on the internet is that you never know if they're genuine" -Abraham Lincoln
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2014
I just snorted coffee through my nose...
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Level 49
Oct 28, 2016
As I always say about this quotation, I could have sworn it was Mark Twain.
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Level 70
Nov 28, 2017
'escojm'....... +1
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Level 44
Aug 5, 2015
Ugh! I tried every synonym of "inferior" I could think of, but couldn't come up with the right word. And came so close to insanity trying to get that one. :p
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Level 34
Sep 3, 2016
Since they are paraphrased, could you accept Worth for Value, please.
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Level 64
Oct 28, 2016
I remember Hillary saying something similar to what Julius Caesar said.
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Level 59
Aug 19, 2019
basket of deplorables
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Level 59
Oct 28, 2016
I've always thought it was "Ignorance is bless"
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Level 58
Aug 17, 2017
Oh the irony! :-)
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Level 72
Oct 28, 2016
May it possible, to accept "I came, I saw, I won". That is another legit translation and a little bit easier for people, who having to translate the quotations into english first,
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Level 38
Nov 9, 2017
It literally means "I was victorious" (or I won); however, since Caeser conquered damn near everything he saw, the given translation is more in line with his reputation.
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Level 53
Oct 28, 2016
I enjoyed this. It was a bit different and just the right level of challenging. Thank you.
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2016
Addition to the sequel: "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic" Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (Stalin)
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Level 57
May 9, 2017
the quote you have of karl marx is from a slightly longer quote that he made
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2020
"The misery of religion is at once an expression of real misery, and a cry of protest against real misery. Religion is the sigh of an oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opiate of the people. To get rid of religion, which is an illusionary bliss of the people, is demanding real bliss. Telling them to abandon their illusions about their condition is telling them to give up conditions that require illusions."
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2020
So the difference between "opiate for the people" (as it is often quoted) and "opiate of the people" is important. "opiate for the people" would mean that religion is forced upon the masses to keep them ignorant. But what Marx means is that in such dire conditions, the majority of people can't help but cling to fantasies that make them a little happier.
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Level 60
May 11, 2017
We are like dwarves perched on the shoulders of giants, and thus we are able to see more and farther than the latter. -Bernard of Chartres, 12th c.
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Level 60
Aug 24, 2017
I've read that the most likely source for the insanity quote is Rita Mae Brown, and since I like her books, I'm gonna believe that. She's clever enough to have said that.
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Level 38
Nov 9, 2017
That quote is a lot older than Rita Mae Brown. For a fan, you are not being very loyal by adding decades to her age.
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Level 70
Nov 28, 2017
"Infamy, Infamy!"
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Level 81
Mar 19, 2018
Not suggesting it be changed (because the "single step" version is so ingrained now), but a more accurate translation of the Laozi quote would be, "A journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet." The sentiment is slightly different: rather than suggesting that momentous accomplishments begin with simple actions, it's saying that momentous accomplishments start from where/what you already are.
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Level 79
Sep 26, 2019
That Voltaire quote is pretty funny considering how talented he was at crafting witty sayings.
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Level 62
Dec 11, 2019
But I wish "clever" were also accepted here—since it's a translation anyway.
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Level ∞
Dec 13, 2019
Clever will work now
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Level 65
Sep 26, 2019
I thought the Edison one was "stealing".
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Level 67
Feb 21, 2020
2nd time I have done this quiz (not recently though ; ) ) and second time I couldnt get the Einstein quote correct haha (and the bottom 4) I tried things like stupidity (:D)
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2020
Felt clever for entering brioche.
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Level 46
Feb 21, 2020
Original quote was "brioche," and was published before Marie Antoinette arrived in France. I think maybe it should be considered. (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_them_eat_cake )
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2020
That was the point. And you linked to the same article as I.
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Level 53
Feb 21, 2020
Spelled enigma with an i 🤦‍♀️ I was so confident that was the right answer and was racking my brain for similar words. Didn't even consider I was misspelling it
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Level 19
Feb 21, 2020
Many of these are misattributed: https://www.businessinsider.com/misattributed-quotes-2013-10
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2020
Yeah, I know. Read the caveats.
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Level 57
Feb 21, 2020
I tried "worth" for "value", could you accept it?
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Level 88
Feb 21, 2020
You really can't accept a synonym in an answer that's a quote.
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Level 31
Feb 22, 2020
can you make it so "sweat" works for "perspiration"? They're the exact same thing, after all
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Level 46
Feb 24, 2020
There are so many real quotes by Einstein to use a false one. Unless the quiz maker is doing it as an attempt to to stop people repeating it, in which case I'm all for it.
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Level 44
Feb 25, 2020
The insanity quote is typically misattributed to Einstein.