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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 7:27 pm    Post subject: Quotes Quiz Reply with quote

I thought we should have a quotation quiz. It hasn't got anything to do with Gentoo, but usually makes for great conversation. The moderators can lock the thread if they like.

In my preliminary research I found that Google will make it difficult to get any real competition, as most good quotations can easily be found. Still, I'll give it a shot.

The First rule of The Gentoo Forums Quotations Quiz is: Don't Google. It's considered cheating.

Now, onto the first round of fun. Below you may find quotes, citations, snippets and phrases. Points will be given. Let's see how it goes, these should be relatively easy:


  1. What we see and what we seem is but a dream - a dream within a dream
  2. Save the clocktower!
  3. Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
    And you think you're so clever and classless and free
    But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
  4. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
  5. "All right!" bawled X, banging on a nearby desk. "I am X, and that is NOT a demand, that is a solid FACT! What we demand is solid FACTS!"
    "No, no we don't!" exclaimed Y in irritation. "That is precisely what we don't demand!"
    Scarcely pausing for breath, X shouted, "We DON'T demand solid facts! What we demand is the total ABSENCE of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be X!"
    (who is X and Y?)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) I'm not too sure of the original but possibly Oscar Wilde . I do know it was used in Dream Within A Dream by Propaganda though :)

The others ? haven't a clue.
Every quote guessed at deserves a return though so i'll throw in something from one of my favourites

"look at my work ye mighty and despair"
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3. John Lennon - Working Class Hero

Off the Anthology box set, not sure if it is on any other albums, as as soon as I read that I fired up xmms and checked :D
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.) From "Back to the Furture" starring Michael J Fox. In regards to the clock tower that was stuck by lightning in 1955 and stopped the clock.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

??????????
Female: O, what a rash and bloody deed is this!
Male:A bloody deed!--almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king and marry with his brother.
??????????
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a feeling that 1 would be from the matrix, probably Morpheus explaining things to Neo. not sure havent seen it since it came out
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Herodot's #4 is Clarke's Third Law.

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

#5 is from somewhere in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series... couldn't tell you where in the series or who said it though..
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

I see some correct answers and some wrong. I'll give it more time, and I'll be back later this evening handing out a couple of points.

And a humble request: please don't supply other quotes - especially Ennead. I need material for the next quiz, and that particular quote was next in line. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its night time! We wants answers ;) and more quotes!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ennead: No, this isn't Oscar Wilde. Another famous writer.
Squanto: Spot on! 1 point for you.
UnderScore: Yes! 1 point for you.
bradcarter: Nope, not The Matrix. But it's used in a movie with the same theme.
rac: Yes! 1 point for you.
Delphiki: It certainly is. 1 point for you. There's still 1 point to gain from identifying X and Y, which should be easy now.

So the current score is:
Squanto: 1
UnderScore: 1
rac: 1
Delphiki: 1

I'm going to let #1 stand unanswered, likewise X and Y. I'll answer them in round 2 (which is soon, don't worry Squanto), if noone else has.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is number 1 from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"? or the movie version?
Just a guess.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. It's from a poem by a well-know, long dead, author. It's was used in a movie with a theme much like The Matrix. Enough help.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2003 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Herodot wrote:
And a humble request: please don't supply other quotes - especially Ennead. I need material for the next quiz, and that particular quote was next in line. Thanks.


Oops sorry :oops: ... but still include it and that way I know i'll at least get one right :lol:

If it wasn't Wilde then it has to be Poe, i'm always getting the two confused and I don't know why, or actually the three if you include the guy who I quoted from. Hmm, probably because they're the only ones I know of that ilk :oops:
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2003 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 of the 5 quotes from the first quiz were easily guessed. They were

  1. (Nope, not #1 - why can't I start a numbered list with #2?)
  2. Save the clocktower!
    - This is from "Back to the future" - great, great movies.
  3. Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
    And you think you're so clever and classless and free
    But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
    - This is from the song "working class hero" by John Lennon. It's on "John
  4. Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" from 1970, his first real worthwhile solo effort.
  5. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
    - Said by Arthur C. Clarke, who in my opinion is one of the two greatest living writers. This quote really touches the core of a lot of fantasy writing, not to mention religions and beliefs. Nuff said.
  6. "All right!" bawled Vroomfondel, banging on a nearby desk. "I am Vroomfondel, and that is NOT a demand, that is a solid FACT! What we demand is solid FACTS!"
    "No, no we don't!" exclaimed Majikthise in irritation. "That is precisely what we don't demand!"
    Scarcely pausing for breath, Vroomfondel shouted, "We DON'T demand solid facts! What we demand is the total ABSENCE of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"
    - This is from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, 1979.


The first quote, the one noone knew: "What we see and what we seem is but a dream - a dream within a dream". This is from a 1827 poem by Poe. It's actually the version used in Peter Weir's 1975 "Picnic at Hanging Rock", which is where I know it from. I heartily recommend that movie.

The current score is:
Squanto: 1
UnderScore: 1
rac: 1
Delphiki: 1

The Ennead guessed Poe for quote 1, but I've decided not to give a point for that. So there.
On to the next batch, and remember: Don't Google!

  1. Midway upon the journey of our life
    I found myself within a forest dark,
    For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
  2. I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact and was in no way fair comment and was motivated purelyby malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future.
  3. What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.
  4. X flipped the switch which he saw was now marked "Mode Execute Ready" instead of the now old-fashioned "Access Standby" which had so long ago replaced the appallingly stone-aged "Off".
    (who is X?)
  5. Swingin' on the Riviera one day
    And then layin' in the Bombay alley next day
    Oh no, you let the wrong word slip
    While kissing persuasive lips
    The odds are you won't live to see tomorrow


- have fun!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2003 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Ennead guessed Poe for quote 1, but I've decided not to give a point for that. So there. "

lol, cheers, 2nd time's better than no time though :P

I'll take a shot at 4 although I don't recognise it but it's in a similar style to the Grant & Naylor books of Red Dwarf. So, I'll go for Lister
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.3 from the balcony scene in Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would seem more interesting if others were able to offer quotes. *shrug*
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again 4 is from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I believe it is one of the later books where Arthur is trying to find Earth.

#1 is from Dante, but which book? I've heard it quoted on TV before too, Chakotay speaking to pre-season-1 Janeway.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2. is "A fish called Wanda", John Cleese talking to Kevin Kline. Ah, the Special Edition DVD will be out today in Germany, gotta grab it during lunch break. :-)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for 1. Same from me as from "The Ennead IX" . I think it's Edgar Allan Poe. Also heard on a Musikalbum made by Alan Parson's Project "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" right :?:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kanuslupus wrote:
Would seem more interesting if others were able to offer quotes. *shrug*

Aye, but it would get confusing quickly. Perhaps this would work if everyone only had one outstanding, unanswered quote at a time. Regardless, it's a pretty cool concept that has effectively prevented me from doing my homework. :)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

may work if you get the quote right (and only if it is verified right) you can supply one of your own, would allow Herodot to play as well
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2003 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I might as well provide a couple up for the guessing, since I don't know any of the ones that haven't already been had. Oh, and everyone is on the honor system to not use Google or anything to find the answers.

1. "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use."

Maybe too easy - I might have even used it around here before.

2. "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."

Bonus points for knowing identifying the speech to which that one alludes.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2003 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. The Dante one is from The Inferno

4. Ford Prefect I think
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