Who said that?

The preponderance of books in our library with collections of quotations, literary and otherwise, attests to the singular and abiding love for looking up who said, or wrote, what. Reading the memorable sayings of people throughout history is so satisfying, amusing and instructive. Besides being useful for ceremonies, speeches, parties, calendars, the chapter headings of books, and beginnings of blogs, if you know some of them by heart, you can insert the perfect witty or sage saying at just the right moment in your conversations. As Dorothy Sayers said, “I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.” If you really love quotes, check out The Quote Garden website.

The newest collection in the library, which I recently found on the new book shelf, The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, entertained me and my family for hours. A large assembly of quotations, arranged by subject, but in a small and portable format, you can slip it into your coat pocket and read it on the bus.

Here is a short matching quiz, to test your intuition about “who said that?”
1. Golf is a good walk spoiled.................................................A. Henry David Thoreau
2. It costs a lot of money to look this cheap..........................B. Queen Victoria
3. A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it is printed on....C. Carl Sandburg
4. I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes...............................D. Mark Twain
5. Arrange whatever pieces come your way..........................E. Dalai Lama
6. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names..... F. Dolly Parton
7. Beware of activities that require new clothes...................G. Virginia Woolf
8. We are not amused...............................................................H. Sam Goldwyn (film-maker)
9. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible............I. John F Kennedy

Answers: 1-D; 2-F; 3-H; 4-C; 5-G; 6-I; 7-A; 8-B; 9-E

Comments

Fun! Wonder if your IT crew could turn this into a simple interactive quiz, once/week to keep us on our toes.