Monday, November 19, 2007



Time for some more memorable quotes. Just read them for the pleasure or you can opt to match the quote with the author. Gentleman’s agreement that we don’t google or similar. The clues are there. Good luck!


  1. Does it matter? – losing your legs?

For people will always be kind

2 Great God! This is an awful place.

3 We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

4 Life is short but sweet.

5 If only you small girls would listen to me, I would make of you the crème de la crème.

6 I come from the haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally,

And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down the valley

7 Heaven cannot brook two sons, nor earth two masters

8 Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.

9 In nine cases out of ten a woman had better show more affection than she felt

10 Never throw stones at your mother,

You’ll be sorry for it when she’s dead,

Never throw stones at your mother,

Throw bricks at your father instead.

11 Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough,

To get it ready for the plough.

12 An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening.


Seigfried Sassoon 1986-1967

Alexander the Great 356-323 BC

Robert Falcon Scott 1868-1912

St Augustin 354-430

Muriel Spark 1918-2006

Marlon Brando 1924- 2004

Sophocles 495-406 BC

Brendan Behan 1923-1964

William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Sir John Betjman 1906-1984

Alfred Lord Tennyson 1869-1892

Jane Austen 1775-1817

Have fun!


amy said...

#3... whenever i read the line i hear Kenneth Branagh's voice and can't help but think of mud, so i'm pretty sure it's Shakespeare -- Henry V.
#7 is Sophocles.
#8 has to be the saint, surely, in order to have been worth preserving for posterity? so, Augustin?
#9 is Austen. i've just be re-watching the BBC's P&P on DVD (say that 10 times fast!), so the line's fresh in my brain.
#12 couldn't be anyone but Brando.

PI said...

Amy: I won't say yea or nay till others have had a chance but I'm glad to get an early response(earlier to us than you.)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Lord, I feel so damn stupid! I have heard only one or two of these and I haven't a clue as to who said any of them...! OY! Talk about unininformed and/or illiterate....LOL! Oh well...I did enjoy them very much Pat!

PI said...

Naomi: it's easy for me - I have the books and I certainly would not have got all of them but I do love browsing through out many dictionaries of quotations.

Anonymous said...

1. Sassoon
2. Scott
3. Shakespeare
5. Muriel Spark
6. Tennyson [at his worst!]
8. St Augustin
10. Sounds like Flanders and Swan but can't be....
11. Betjeman
12. Brando


Dandelion said...

Number one is Siegfried. I LOVE that one.

And come friendly bombs is obviously Betjeman. I love him too.

And could the last one be Marlon Brando?

PI said...

Dandelion: thank you. Answers noted and recorded:)

PI said...

Jan anon: thank you - results later this week. Mo comment on accuracy but I had a special reason for choosing #6.

kenju said...

I definitely know the St. Augustine quote - it is one of my favorites.....LOL

PI said...

Judy: I wouldn''t have got that right- I thought it was much more recent.

john.g. said...

What's with the HTML? You trying to tell me something?

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

1 Sassoon?
2 Alexander the Great?
3 Shakespeare
4 Sophocles
5 Scott? (I haven't even heard of this guy!)
6 Tennyson
7 St. Augustin?
8 Behan?
9 Austen
10 Spark?
11 Betjeman
12 Brando

?ed ones are total guesses.

I lOVE these puzzles, honey-pie!

Shane said...

Oh dear, I'm not at all hot on quotes. In fact, Quote Unquote is a programme that I will listen to just to be reminded of how little I know.

Would presume 12 (actor / listening quote) to be Brando, and I also like the 'brick at your father instead' one.

PI said...

Johng: I'm mystified. What have I done now? Please tell me and put me out of my turmoil.

Shane: I like the brick one too.

PI said...

Sam: You are the only one - thus far - who had given twelve answers so good on you. Whether they are correct or not , time will tell.

Dr Maroon said...

Well I know for a fact that St Augustin said: Great God! This is an awful place.

And I think it was Kenneth Brannagh [sp] who once uttered the immortal lines: Does it matter? � losing your legs?
For people will always be kind

or was that Paul McCartney's missus?

PI said...

Doc: you may say that but I couldn't possibly comment.! Yet! Just you wait 'enry 'iggins!

Nea said...

1. Sassoon
2. Scott
3. Shakespeare
4. Alexander
5. Spark
6. Tennyson
7. Sophocles
8. Augustin
9. Austen
10. Behan
11. Betjman
12. Brando

The only one I'm sure of is Austen, the rest are guesses, based on clues, trial and error and other peoples guesses and I was inspired by Sam to go for all twelve.

PI said...

Nea: I thought you were going to miss it. Just in time. Results tomorrow.