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For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man.
(May 13, 1900)
For the salvation of others I must bear weariness, face dangers, suffer offences, confront storms, fight against evil. He is my Hope.
The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.
(May 18, 1921)
The Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her Colonial trade against foreign competitors.
We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
It must be a peace without victory ... Only a peace between equals can last.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
(April 23, 1910)
At eleven o’clock this morning came to an end the cruellest and most terrible War that has ever scourged mankind. I hope we may say that thus ... came to an end all wars. (1918)
For the first time, I am ashamed to be a German.
Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
(December 13, 1914)
It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.
Our enemies must not deceive themselves—in the 2,000 years of German history known to us, our people have never been more united than today.
(December 11, 1941)
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
(October 1, 1939)
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
(May 3, 1919)
International unity of the workers is more important than the national.
(November 20, 1916)
We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.
(June 14, 1956)
We declared war on America and Britain out of Our sincere desire to ensure Japan's self-preservation and the stabilization of East Asia.
All the experience the Chinese people have accumulated through several decades teaches us to enforce the people's democratic dictatorship.
(June 30, 1949)
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by ... [the] Empire of Japan.
I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without ... the woman I love. (December 11, 1936)
As you know I have always been more afraid of a peace offer than of an air raid.
(October 8, 1939)
God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist.
It strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.
Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy.
(August 6, 1945)
Well, we knocked the bastard off!
(May 29, 1953)
The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about.
If our intention had been merely to bring back a handful of soil & rocks from the lunar gravel pit and forget the whole thing, we would certainly be history's biggest fools. (1969)
We're more popular than Jesus now.
Houston, we've had a problem here. We've had a main B bus undervolt.
(April 13, 1970)
Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
(July 20, 1969)
We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
(September 12, 1962)
I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children ... will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
(June 23, 1963)
I have some very sad news for all of you ... and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.
(April 4, 1968)
We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. The rock was landed on us.
(June 28, 1964)
If they attack Cuba, we should wipe them off the face of the earth!
I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.
My countrymen, as of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation #1081 placing the entire Philippines under Martial Law.
(September 21, 1972)
Abstract art is only painting. And what’s so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something.
I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for.
(July 4, 1939)
Science can purify religion of error & superstition; religion can purify science of idolatry & false absolutes. Each can draw the other into...a world in which both flourish. ('88)
I am a simple Buddhist monk — no more, no less.
You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.
(April 1, 1989)
The men in the Soviet politburo don't have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns. (1976)
I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead, make my day.
(March 13, 1985)
Despite the buy don't build credo I came to the conclusion that I was going to have to create the web on my own.
It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.
(August 17, 1998)
The majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future ... Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. (1990)
It would be a sin for Muslims not to try to possess the weapons that would prevent the infidels from inflicting harm on Muslims.
(December 23, 1998)
If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman's behind!
(October 30, 1974)
Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
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Feb 20th, 2013 at 01:17 GMT
The 1901 quote threw me off because he wasn't George V until his coronation in 1910.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 11:07 GMT
I'd have never have got the Hillaray one!
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 00:30 GMT
I got the Mussolini one from Dwight's speech on The Office.
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 GMT
@ EpicWinFTW: And that is how I SELECTED that quote!
Feb 27th, 2013 at 16:50 GMT
Pope Pius X died in 1914, so it's unclear how he could have said something in 1918, no?
Feb 28th, 2013 at 13:22 GMT
It's very possible Zombie Pope Pius X said it though. Fixed!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 13:52 GMT
Anne Frank was wrong.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:46 GMT
Good quiz - way too much time. 8 minutes tops, maybe even 5. I was done in 4.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 18:25 GMT
airborne, I don't disagree. But I wanted people to be able to take their time and appreciate the history. The results have determined that the quiz is at least mildly challenging, so I don't think the extra time made it easy.
Mar 10th, 2013 at 14:30 GMT
@cortez - I thought it might have been something to do with the death of Stalin until I saw the date. Whilst some of dates really muddy the waters by quoting people outside their 'classic' era (Wilhelm, Thatcher etc) I thought the Hillary one had a date that was really helpful.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 16:13 GMT
Sorry I deleted my post because of a spelling error. The Chamberlain one doesn't seem correct to me.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 16:24 GMT
Chamberlain never could have said that in 1938. Good quiz though.
Mar 21st, 2013 at 01:17 GMT
Cortez, you're right. I had the date right, the year wrong (1939). Fixed!
Mar 23rd, 2013 at 19:23 GMT
Cheers kps. I can only assume he said that in 1939 as a joke against himself. An honest but much maligned man who pursued peace as the country wished but would have persued war just as ardently. He was working under Churchill up to his death in November 1940 so never got a chance to redeem himself.
Mar 25th, 2013 at 02:06 GMT
Wilbur Wright's quote was made in the 19th century,
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