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Quotations: Who Said What?

Here is a quiz to test your quotation knowledge. Some of these are probably familiar to you, but do you know who was the first person to say or write them? Some others may be new to you, but who – of the suggested answers – is most likely to have been the originator?

One problem with quotations is that there are often conflicting views about who the originator was. My answers in this quiz are the ones I am familiar with, so I apologise if you know differently. If that is the case, why not comment and say so?

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    A hospital is no place to be sick.

    • Florence Nightingale
    • Sam Goldwyn
    • Groucho Marx
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    Photons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.

    • Woody Allen
    • Albert Einstein
    • Pope Francis
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    The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

    • Maya Angelou
    • Mick Jagger
    • Bob Marley
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    I hate writing, I love having written.

    • Dorothy Parker
    • Robert Frost
    • William Shakespeare
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    The play was a great success, but the audience was a dismal failure.

    • Eugene O’Neill
    • George Bernard Shaw
    • Harold Pinter
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    In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.

    • Adlai Stevenson
    • Bernie Sanders
    • George W Bush
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    The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other.

    • George H W Bush
    • George W Bush
    • Dan Quayle
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    If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

    • Albert Einstein
    • Steven Hawking
    • Isaac Newton
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    Horse sense is the thing a horse has that prevents it from betting on people.

    • Oscar Wilde
    • Bob Hope
    • W C Fields
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    I have nothing but respect for you — and not much of that.

    • George Bernard Shaw
    • Groucho Marx
    • Margaret Thatcher

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