Quiz about Quotable Quotes
Quiz about Quotable Quotes

Quotable Quotes Trivia Quiz

Who said what

Here are some quotes, some well known and others maybe less so. Can you work out who originally came up with them, at least reputedly. The photo clues might help.
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author finlady

A photo quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
3 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
54,112
Updated
Jan 08 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
434
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: stephedm (10/10), Georgianna13 (7/10), Guest 142 (8/10).
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1. 'Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee' is a quotation associated with which sportsman? Hint

Cristiano Ronaldo
Muhammad Ali
Jack Nicklaus
Carl Lewis

2. 'History will be kind to me for I intend to write it' is a quotation from which of these politicians? Hint

Franklin Roosevelt
Winston Churchill
Tony Blair
Harry Truman

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photo quiz
3. Which country singer gave us this gem - 'The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!'? Hint

Tammy Wynette
Joan Baez
Shania Twain
Dolly Parton

4. 'If one cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen' is a saying attributed to which of these? Hint

Fidel Castro
Enver Hoxha
Mao Zedung
Nikita Khrushchev

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photo quiz
5. 'The truth is rarely pure and never simple' is a quotation from which witty man? Hint

Mark Twain
Joseph Heller
Ogden Nash
Oscar Wilde

6. 'When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us' are words of wisdom from which inventor? Hint

Alexander Graham Bell
James Watt
Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin

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photo quiz
7. Which actress is credited with these words: 'It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men'? Hint

Elizabeth Taylor
Gloria Swanson
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Mae West

8. 'I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.' is a quotation from which of these politicians? Hint

Margaret Thatcher
Kim Campbell
Indira Gandhi
Hillary Clinton

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photo quiz
9. 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere' is a quotation from which much missed man? Hint

John Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Robert Kennedy
Martin Luther King Jr.

10. 'If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner' are words spoken by which statesman? Hint

Mohandas Gandhi
Nelson Mandela
Menachem Begin
Oliver Cromwell

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 'Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee' is a quotation associated with which sportsman?

Answer: Muhammad Ali

This famous comment was made in 1964, when Ali was still known as Cassius Clay. He was due to face Sonny Liston, who was considered unbeatable. When asked what his tactics would be, the response was the quote in the question, which finished 'your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see'. It brought fame to the fighter, who went on to beat Liston in what was a huge sporting shock. The rematch, the following year, ended controversially in a first round knock out , with Ali again victorious.

'It's not bragging if you can back it up' and 'It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am' are among Ali's often quoted sayings.

Your probably didn't need it, but the picture of a boxer dog might have confirmed the answer if you had a shadow of doubt.
2. 'History will be kind to me for I intend to write it' is a quotation from which of these politicians?

Answer: Winston Churchill

Churchill was known for his quick wit and has many well known sayings which could have been used in this quiz. His way with words is credited with keeping morale high during the long years of the Second World War, during which he was Britain's Prime Minister. He forged an alliance with Russia and the USA which eventually led to the downfall of Hitler. Churchill's speeches were stirring, deliberately so, referring the the RAF pilots as 'the few' and promising to fight for every inch of land, ending 'we shall never surrender'.

The photo is a clue to Churchill's habits. He was well known for his love of cigars and alcohol. Another of his quotes is 'I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me'.
3. Which country singer gave us this gem - 'The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!'?

Answer: Dolly Parton

According to my research, Dolly first said these words in a tweet she posted in April 2013, making the point that success (the rainbow) is often accompanied by problems (the rain). Other quotations attributed to her are 'You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try' and 'Storms make trees take deeper roots'.

Dolly's career has included song writing, singing, acting and running various businesses. Her long lasting career is testament to her determination and a gift for self parody - another of her sayings is 'it takes a lot of money to look this cheap'.

The photo clue is a hint towards one of her best known song, 'I Will Always Love You', recorded by Dolly herself but projected into the mainstream by Whitney Houston's version in 1992. It was actually written as a farewell song to a friend rather than a love song.
4. 'If one cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen' is a saying attributed to which of these?

Answer: Nikita Khrushchev

These words by Khrushchev were quoted in 'Time Magazine' in 1958, when he was voted their 'Man of the Year'. The words refer to the art of compromise, where negotiations mean both sides end up with less than they hoped but are each satisfied with the outcome. Edmund Burke made the same point - 'Every human benefit, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise'

Among other quotes from the former Soviet leader are 'If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf' and 'The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace'.

The photo is of Cossacks to point you towards Russia..
5. 'The truth is rarely pure and never simple' is a quotation from which witty man?

Answer: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde can always be relied upon to provide a good quotation, and this one appears in his play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. It's a riposte to the saying 'the pure and simple truth'. Wilde was well known for his flamboyant style and was openly homosexual at a time when this was illegal. His refusal to conform cost him dearly, including spending time in prison and then abroad.

Oscar Wilde left us with a wealth of comments, so choosing just a couple wasn't easy. I've picked these - 'Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go' and 'Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them'.

Your picture clue, should you have needed it, is an Academy Award, otherwise known as an Oscar.
6. 'When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us' are words of wisdom from which inventor?

Answer: Alexander Graham Bell

I wouldn't necessarily have thought of Alexander Graham Bell as someone who left us words of wisdom, but there are quite a few quotations from him. Born in Scotland, Bell moved to Canada in 1870. He had long had an interest in the properties of sound and this led to his invention of the telephone. Bell also worked extensively with deaf people. The quotation in the question reminds us to look to the future and stop regretting the past.

Other sayings of his include 'Before anything else, preparation is the key to success' and Educate the masses, elevate their standard of intelligence, and you will certainly have a successful nation'.

The photographic clue, not that Bell would have recognised it, is a successor to his invention - the mobile (cell) phone.
7. Which actress is credited with these words: 'It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men'?

Answer: Mae West

The American actress Mae West was well known for her innuendoes, which were often shocking at the time. It didn't do her much harm, though, as she had a long career on the stage, in films, television and radio, despite the efforts of the censors. The actress often referred to Mae West as being a 'character' she had created, rather than her real persona.

Some of her double entendres are unsuitable to quote on here, but I have found two more quotes for you - 'Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution' and 'I used to be Snow White, but I drifted'.

The photo clue shows a life jacket, nicknamed a 'Mae West' during her heyday.
8. 'I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.' is a quotation from which of these politicians?

Answer: Margaret Thatcher

Britain's first female Prime Minister has been credited with several quotations although, being realistic, these may well have been written for her. The one in the question does seem like something she might have said herself, though. Not only was Margaret Thatcher the first female to become Britain's parliamentary leader, she also lasted a long time (in political terms) serving from 1979 until ousted in 1990.

Among her other well know comments are 'To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say, 'You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning."' This was a double play on words - 'U-turn' and 'you turn' and 'The Lady's Not for Burning', the title of a play by Christopher Fry. She also said 'In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman', which probably applies in many spheres other than politics.

The photo clue shows one of Margaret's favourite weapons.
9. 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere' is a quotation from which much missed man?

Answer: Martin Luther King Jr.

The words in the question were written by Martin Luther King Jr. in a letter from Birmingham Jail on April 6, 1963. He had been imprisoned due to his activism in the cause of civil rights for African Americans. Once released, he continued his work before being assassinated in 1968 by James Earl Ray, who was imprisoned for life and died in 1998.

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that' and 'You can kill the dreamer, but you can't kill the dream'.

Martin Luther King was the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a Baptist minister, so the photo is of a Bible as a hint.
10. 'If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner' are words spoken by which statesman?

Answer: Nelson Mandela

This is another quotation that reminds us that negotiation is the way forward. Nelson Mandela had spent 27 years in prison for his opposition to the apartheid system in South Africa. If anyone had cause for bitterness, he did but he recognised that the way forward was to compromise with and negotiate with those in power. The outcome was that he became South Africa's president and is remembered around the world for his humanity.

Other notable quotations from Mandela are 'It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it' and 'What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others'.

The photo clue shows a pair of springboks, the national animal of South Africa.
Source: Author rossian

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