The topic for this week’s Quiz Question is famous quotes.
- Somebody first said famously, “There is no “there” there. Who said it first and what is it?
- When told that a certain person had died, the response was, “How can they tell?” Who died, and who said it?
- “If I owned half that dog I would kill my half.” Who said it?
- “It isn’t over until the fat lady sings.” Who said it? What was the inspiration?
- “Veni, vidi, vici.” Who said it first? What does it mean?
- “She makes you want to burn every bed in the world.” Who said it.
- “I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.” Who said it? Not Churchill as I first thought.
- “Gott Mit Uns.” You know what it means. Where was it famously inscribed?
- “If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.” May not be an actual quote, but what is the supposed origin?
- “I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.” Who wrote that?
Update and answers
Readers should have know most or all of these.
- Gertrude Stein said this about Oakland, California.
- Dorothy Parker, when told that Calvin Coolidge had died, famously asked, “How can they tell?”
- Actually what Mark Twain said was, “If I owned half that dog, I would shoot my half.”
- The fat lady is the archetypal soprano in a Wagnerian opera. The opera is not over until the fat lady sings. Yogi Berra is alleged to have said it as a way of explaining when the game is over. Actually, he never attended an opera in his life, and it is most likely Sam Goldwyn said it first.
- Supposedly Julius Caesar said, in Latin, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
- H.L. Mencken said this on admiring a grotesque sample of the opposite sex.
- Legendary trial lawyer Clarence Darrow said that.
- The Nazi storm troopers who ravaged a conquered Europe, raping, looting, and killing, wore belt buckles with the inscription, in German, “God [is] with us.”
- This was supposedly discovered inscribed on a wall in one of the Nazi death camps after liberation.
- Nobel Prize-winning poet Bob Dylan provided this thought in his song Talkin’ World War III. I use it from time to time.