Special Sub-Topic: Things Famous People Say
|"Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny". Which iconic Royal said this?|
Princess Diana. Much has been written about Diana both during her lifetime and even more since her tragic death in Paris in 1997. She remains a beloved icon to the British public and will always be "The People's Princess".
|"Trust in God. She will provide". Which controversial Victorian woman activist said these words?|
Emmeline Pankhurst. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 - 1928). A leading figure in the suffragette movement, Mrs Pankhurst led the campaign to win the right for women to vote. Her daughters Christabel and Sylvia were also leading figures in the often bloody fight for "Votes for Women". Like many suffragettes, Emmeline was arrested on many occasions and went on hunger strike which resulted in violent force feeding.
|"I am extraordinarily patient, providing I get my own way in the end". These words were spoken by which 20th century Prime Minister?|
Margaret Thatcher. Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven was born Margaret Hilda Roberts in October 1925. She was Britain's first female Prime Minister and served three consecutive terms in office. She is one of the dominant political figures of 20th century Britain, and to this day continues to attract controversy. It seems the British public have very strong opinions when it comes to the indomitable Mrs Thatcher - they either love her or loathe her!
|"I spent 90% of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted". Which football legend said those immortal lines?|
George Best. George Best, Manchester United football legend, will always be remembered for his dazzling skill on the pitch, and for his champagne lifestyle away from it. Widely acknowledged as a footballing genius, Best was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1946 and signed for Manchester United as a professional player at the age of 17. His good looks and charm brought him a pop star image during the 1960's and he adapted very well to the playboy life! Thousands of mourners lined the wet and windy streets of Belfast in December 2005 to say a final goodbye to a legend.
|"I am not a heavy drinker, I can sometimes go for hours without touching a drop". Which English actor and playwright said that?|
Noel Coward. Noel Coward was simply the best all-rounder of the theatrical, literary and musical worlds of the 20th century. An accolade that he would readily accept and agree with! He single handedly invented the concept of celebrity and was the essence of style in the Jazz Age of the 20s and 30s. His aristocratic good looks and stylishly groomed appearance made him the icon of 'the Bright Young Things' on the London scene.
|A great soldier and statesman said "Publish and be damned!". Who was he?|
Duke of Wellington. Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, said these words when his discarded mistress, Harriette Wilson threatened to publish her memoirs and his letters.
Wellington's finest hour came in 1815 when he marched his troops into Belgium where Napoleon had gathered his army. At a place called Waterloo the French and British armies met for what was to be a final battle. Wellington inflicted an overwhelming defeat on Napoleon.
|"The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years".
Who said this?|
Michael Caine. Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in 1933, Michael Caine has starred in some memorable films including "Zulu", "Alfie", "The Italian Job", "Get Carter", "The Ipcress File" and "Cider House Rules" for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
|"The great thing about Glasgow is that if there's a nuclear attack it'll look exactly the same afterwards". Which much travelled Scottish comedian is responsible for that quote?|
Billy Connolly. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1942, (how else would he have got away with a quote like that!) William Connolly, Jr. is one of Scotland's most famous celebrities. Known as The Big Yin, he is well known for his outspokenness and his irreverent approach to stand up comedy. He is also an accomplished actor.
|"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". Which famous Irish dramatist and poet said this?|
Oscar Wilde. Okay - Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) was Irish - not British, but after leaving Ireland in 1878 he returned only twice, spending most of his adult life living and working in London. He was one of the most successful and flamboyant playwrights of late Victorian London with his most popular plays such as "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Lady Windermere's Fan" and "An Ideal Husband" still being revived in theatres throughout the world. Despite his undoubted genius, his controversial lifestyle ultimately led to his downfall. He died and was buried in Paris.
|"If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants." Which great Englishman said these words?|
Isaac Newton. Isaac Newton (1643-1727) is often referred to as the greatest ever Englishman and is undoubtedly the most influential scientist and mathematician who ever lived. He has been often described as a difficult man, suffering long bouts of depression and often at bitter odds with fellow scientists. He was buried with much ceremony in Westminster Abbey - the first scientist to receive such an honour.
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