Can you name who said these 50 famous quotes?
Americans habitually lean on quotes for self-expression. Quotes are used everywhere from memes and T-shirts to inspirational posters and billboard advertisements. It's understandable—why not seek inspiration in the grammatical prowess of Maya Angelou, the childlike whimsy of Dr. Seuss, or the inspired wonder of Albert Einstein to convey an idea? However, America's quote-obsessed culture often takes things a little too far by misattributing famous taglines and blurbs to people who never said them. Marilyn Monroe never said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” and Marie Antoinette never uttered, “Let them eat cake.”
Consider yourself a movie buff who can recite “The Godfather” and “The Princess Bride” in equal measure word for word? A bibliophile who can recall Shakespeare or Yeats on cue? Put your recall to the test with this quiz, which offers 50 famous quotes from some of the most famous philosophers, politicians, celebrities, fictional characters, and activists of all time. Each pair of slides in this gallery opens with a quote, followed by the name of the person who said it. Along with the proper attribution, learn when these quotes were said and why. This quiz draws on multiple influences, including historical figures, books, music, movies, television, politics, and more.
Think you can get all 50? Take the quiz to find out.
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“I came, I saw...”
“I came, I saw, I conquered.”
When Julius Caesar fought Pharnaces II of Pontus and quickly defeated him at the Battle of Zela in Asia Minor, he allegedly wrote these famous words in a letter to the Roman Senate. The year was roughly 47 B.C., and the words were written in Latin as “Veni, vidi, vici.” Today, the phrase has come to describe any triumph that occurs quickly.
“Darkness cannot drive out...”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. said these words during one of his most famous sermons titled, “Loving Your Enemies.” Although there is some debate over the exact date and location, most historians agree it was given on or around Nov. 17, 1957, at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. The underlying message of the sermon was the importance of embracing your enemies and attempting to win them over with love and empathy rather than turning to hate.
“Frankly, my dear...”
“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.”
Clark Gable (as Rhett Butler)
In the epic 1939 Civil War classic “Gone With The Wind,” the character Rhett Butler (played by Clark Gable) says this line in the final scene of the film. When Scarlett O'Hara (played by Vivien Leigh) asks him what she'll do with herself if he leaves her, he replies, “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” He then walks out the door, leaving her alone to ponder her fate and plot ways to get him back. The now-famous line created controversy when the movie was released due to the use of the word “damn,” which was considered shocking in that era and banned under the Hays Code.
"Well-behaved women seldom..."
"Well-behaved women seldom make history."
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
This popular quote, which often adorns T-shirts and coffee mugs, is often misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt and other feminist icons. However, it was actually Laurel Thatcher Ulrich who said it. The Harvard professor wrote about reverent, well-behaved women in colonial New England in a 1976 article published in an academic journal, lamenting that women like that rarely make history (even at times when perhaps they should). Since then, the quote has been interpreted as encouraging women to “go ahead and misbehave,” although that wasn't necessarily the original context.
"Life is what happens...”
"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."
This phrase is commonly attributed to John Lennon since it appears in the lyrics of his song "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" from the 1980 album “Double Fantasy.” However, the original source of the quote is actually Allen Saunders, a cartoonist of the 1950s who wrote the comic strips “Mary Worth” and “Kerry Drake.” He published a variation of the phrase in the January 1957 edition of Reader's Digest.2018 All rights reserved.