Friday Brain Teaser [from Credo Reference]

Friday, 10 August 2007
Can you identify who said these memorable things?

1. Which British prime minister said in 1940: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”?

2. In 1998, which American president said: “I don’t think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned”?

3. Which American film producer said about Louis B. Mayer: “The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead”?

4. Who wrote: “Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?” and “Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!”?

5. Which American actor said: “An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening”?

6. In 1959, which American president and general said: “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it”?

7. Who wrote: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens”?

8. Which Roman general wrote: “All Gaul is divided into three parts”?

9. In a 1963 speech, which US civil-rights leader said: “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he would die for, he isn’t fit to live”?

10. Which singer-songwriter said: “Chaos is a friend of mine”?

Questions set by Tony Augarde,
author of “The Oxford Guide to Word Games”
1. Winston Churchill.
2. Bill Clinton.
3. Samuel Goldwyn.
4. Lewis Carroll.
5. Marlon Brando.
6. Eisenhower (Dwight D. Eisenhower).
7. Woody Allen.
8. Julius Caesar.
9. Martin Luther King.
10. Bob Dylan.
How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!


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