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Answer a quote. (karma: 1)
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Sat Mar 22, 2014 07:23 AM
Edited by schuhplattler (172013) on 2014-03-22 07:23:53
Edited by schuhplattler (172013) on 2014-03-22 07:24:34
Edited by schuhplattler (172013) on 2014-03-22 07:26:11

It is high time that we started a new game!

The objective here is to supply answers to well-known quotes or proverbs.

If you don't know the originator, then at least identify the quote or proverb that you are answering.

A few examples to get us started:
Rudy, if I could keep my head while all about me were losing theirs, where would my head be?

Bill, a rose by any other name would reflect on the integrity of the vendor.

Why Jimmie Lowell, you must know that any day in February is so rare as a day in June.

Yes, the truth shall set you free, but from what altitude?

The early bird may catch the worm, but it is the second mouse who gets the cheese.

Yes, Edward Hale, Philip Nolan will be the man without a country, and the sentence will have exactly the same effect on him as it would if it were inflicted by the most totalitarian state ever recounted in history or fiction. The message that you are conveying to young readers is to never expect a sequitur response to a protest.

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re: Answer a quote.
By Sumayah Comments: 6875, member since Wed Nov 12, 2008
On Sat Mar 22, 2014 09:04 AM
schuhplattler wrote:

supply answers to well-known quotes or proverbs.


Aren't quotes and proverbs self contained? They aren't riddles. Also, I have never heard of any of these supposedly "well-known" phrases. Ever.

Also, there might be a small, grand canyon sized gap between what you consider to be common colloquialisms and what the rest of us know. I mean, I know I'm not up on quotes or phrases my grandmother (or great grandmother) would have known or know where they came from...
re: Answer a quote.
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Sat Mar 22, 2014 09:30 AM
^References (behind a spoiler because some of us won't have to look):
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Rudyard Kipling's poem, "If" - common in high school English lit courses if not at lower levels.
William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet" - who has gotten through high school without having to read this?
James Russell Lowell, "The Vision of Sir Launfal" - common in high school American Literature courses.
Biblical proverb: "The truth shall set you free."
Proverb: "The early bird catches the worm." Breathes there any adult in the world who has not heard this?
Edward Everett Hale, "The Man Without a Country" - rammed down out throats in middle school. Its proponents insist that the story is essential to teach us patriotism even though that was not even the author's purpose.

Sumayah, self contained or not, this game gives us a chance to expose the flaws in quotes and proverbs - maybe even laugh at them.
re: Answer a quote.
By Sumayah Comments: 6875, member since Wed Nov 12, 2008
On Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:21 AM
Of course I've heard a rose by any other name wouldn't smell as sweet and the early bird catches the worm. I have not heard, "Bill, a rose by any other name would reflect on the integrity of the vendor," specifically. Who the hell is Bill?

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Oh, wait, I should have obviously picked up on the clue that Bill is short for William and that obvs you meant:
Image hotlink - 'http://www.biography.com/imported/images/Biography/Images/Profiles/S/William-Shakespeare-194895-1-402.jpg'

Because duh. Sorry, but us middle-aged folks (not to mention the youngin's trampling your lawn) don't get your humor. At all. Like at all, at all.

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re: Answer a quote.
By YumYumDoughnutPremium member Comments: 8688, member since Sat Jul 10, 2004
On Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:02 AM
" why did the chicken cross the road"

To get to the other side

" why did the lollipop cross the road"

It was stuck to the chickens butt,

Did I do this right?
re: Answer a quote.
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:51 PM
Good enough. Keep on dancing.
re: Answer a quote.
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6815, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:18 PM
Edited by Christine (207347) on 2014-03-28 22:35:37
Sorry it's taken me so long to figure out the way this works, or is supposed to work, but I think I may have finally cracked the case.

Nathan Hale, if you were a cat you would have no regrets.

Colonel Prescott, if we could see the whites of their eyes, we could club them to death and save even more ammunition.

Mr. Kennedy, if there was something I could do for my country I would do it. Unfortunately, I bring nothing to the table.

Mr. Nixon, I guess it depends on what you mean by "crook".

Erich Segal, I'm sorry.

(right track?)

Keep On Dancing*
re: Answer a quote. (karma: 1)
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Sat Mar 29, 2014 02:03 AM
Christine, those are terrific!
Even though I had to research the Erich Segal one.

Now here is how you treat a quote where the originator is obscure or unknown:
X, you say, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," while Y says, "Out of sight, out of mind." Can we reach a conclusion?

And I should have covered the Shakespeare quote better by mentioning the character. Let me try again.

No, Hamlet, To be or not to be is the square root of four B squared.
re: Answer a quote.
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6815, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Sat Mar 29, 2014 06:25 AM
Neil, this may be one small step for you military men, but for us mortals, it's a long way down!

Keep On Dancing*
re: Answer a quote. (karma: 1)
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Tue Apr 01, 2014 05:19 PM
Ha ha, I think I have seen the picture. It is a long way down, but not under much gravity.

From the introduction to the classic song, "Stardust":
"And now the purple plush of twilight time,
steals across the meadows of my heart."

Please, Hoagy, do something for your circulatory system!
re: Answer a quote. (karma: 1)
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6815, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Tue Apr 01, 2014 08:55 PM
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Keep On Dancing*
re: Answer a quote. (karma: 1)
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Tue Apr 08, 2014 07:17 AM
Attributed to Vivian Greene:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.

And the comfort afterwards by the fire.

Chinese proverb:
Teachers open the door...You enter by yourself

Oh no, a properly designed exam enforces entry.

Norman Vincent Peale
Live your life and forget your age.

And if something breaks that did not used to break, repair it as fast as you can, then again live your life and forget your age.

Rosalinde brought this one to my attention, and I think the originator is lost in antiquity:
Don't dismiss a good idea just because you don't like the source.

We could compile a very long list of such ideas. Example: "Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made." Bismark
re: Answer a quote. (karma: 1)
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6815, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Thu Apr 17, 2014 06:28 PM
YumYumDoughnut wrote:

" why did the chicken cross the road"

To get to the other side

" why did the lollipop cross the road"

It was stuck to the chickens butt,

Did I do this right?


Here is a little something from the people at the County fair to go with this one ....

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Keep On Dancing*
re: Answer a quote.
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6815, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Thu Apr 17, 2014 08:24 PM
Years ago, AT&T had an ad campaign encouraging long distance (toll)calls..."Reach out and touch someone"

Image hotlink - 'http://realestatetomato.com/files/2008/09/reach-out.jpg'

I can't help but wonder if J. D. might have had a difficult "conversation" with a long lost friend or relative...

Image hotlink - 'http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/19/2c/c9/192cc9992943e93f2184ae958f0b71a8.jpg'

Keep On Dancing*
re: Answer a quote.
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Fri Apr 18, 2014 07:42 AM
Oh Christine! It's easy to answer advertising quotes:
"Vendor, I already am at one of your N allegedly convenient locations, and it is quite observable that all others are out of my way."

And this one is obsolete, but you remember TV and magazine sponsors who compared their products with a competitor's product usually referred to as "Brand X":
"We know you have many many tasks to perform. But why buy a separate product for each task? Here is one product that does it all and compares with the best of them. Buy Brand X."
re: Answer a quote.
By schuhplattlerPremium member Comments: 3037, member since Sat Dec 23, 2006
On Fri Apr 25, 2014 03:39 PM
An answer to a definition of insanity incorrectly attributed to Einstein:
"So if you don't reach orgasm on the first stroke, quit."

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