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Quotes from Historical Figures Quiz

Fill the blanks in these quotes often attributed to historical figures.
Some quotes paraphrased
Attributions in (parentheses) are probably false attributions
Last updated: November 04, 2018
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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 71
Aug 14, 2014
i went with create as well
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level 59
Mar 30, 2015
Yup. Tried it at least five times, just in case.
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level 7
Dec 4, 2015
I'm going to second! That sorry bro!
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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 70
Dec 24, 2012
Marie Antoinette did not say that (as another quiz notes); it comes from Rousseau's autobiography, which was published when she was nine. Similarly Gandhi never said or wrote that line "We need to be the change we need to see in the world." Someone from the New Age version of Hallmark Cards came up with that and attributed it to Gandhi to make it sound more profound than it is. He may not made the comment about an eye for an eye either; that appears to be a line used by one of his biographers, but not attributed to him. Thomas Paine may (emphasis on the word "may") have said "Lead, follow or get out of the way," but that may just be another internet-spread error. And the Balzac quotation is a paraphrase of the less pithy "The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done."
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level 70
Dec 24, 2012
And Einstein did not make that crack about insanity. All sorts of quotations are assigned to famous people--as an example, probably half of the witty remarks ascribed to Dr. Johnson are not his. As Yogi Berra is quoted as saying, "I never said most of the things I said." And that quotation may be spurious too.
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level 70
Mar 7, 2017
My favorite quote of the quiz: "•Attributions in (parentheses) are probably false attributions" - Quizmaster
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level 67
Aug 18, 2013
Go, Caesar!! Vini, vidi, vici!!
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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 66
Aug 4, 2014
I always thought the "lies, damned lies, and statistics" quote was Benjamin Disraeli. I know you have Twain in parentheses so it's not necessarily his. And I just read on Wikipedia that it's not necessarily Disraeli's either and Twain may have made that up. Crazy. Fun quiz! :D
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level 57
Aug 14, 2014
Thomas Gray is my uncle...true story. =]
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level 75
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 70
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 75
Oct 28, 2016
Are you saying Patton stole it from Iacocca?
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level 67
Aug 14, 2014
That's actually Kelly Clarkson, not Nietzsche.
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level 7
Dec 30, 2014
You my friend are a genius
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level 58
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 71
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 67
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 7
Dec 4, 2015
thats pretty good thing to suck at
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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 63
Oct 28, 2016
I remember Hillary saying something similar to what Julius Caesar said.
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level 59
Oct 28, 2016
I've always thought it was "Ignorance is bless"
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level 56
Aug 17, 2017
Oh the irony! :-)
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level 68
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 49
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 46
May 9, 2017
the quote you have of karl marx is from a slightly longer quote that he made
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level 58
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 58
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 67
Nov 28, 2017
"Infamy, Infamy!"
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level 77
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.