Monday, October 03, 2022

Try these

There are only five questions but two parts to each. It's an open book quiz ... feel free to look it up.  What you're asked is who said it ... choose from the list ... and can you complete the quote, or at least add to it?  How far?  Just the end of the sentence is fine.  Also, word perfect is not necessary ... as close as you can get.
  1. Time is a violent torrent. No sooner is a thing ...
  2. Among the calamities of war may be jointly ...
  3. Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, it's with ...
  4. If you can't leave in a taxi, you can leave in a huff ...
  5. I have seen and heard much of Cockney impudence ...
Samuel Johnson
John Ruskin
Bert Kalmar
WB Yeats
Marcus Aurelius


  1. Time is a violent torrent; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. Marcus Aurelius.

    Looked up, copied and pasted. I knew it but not precisely enough until looking it up.

  2. 5. This was John Ruskin's comment about Whistler's work.

    “I have seen, and heard, much of cockney impudence before now; but never expected a coxcomb to ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the
    public’s face.”
    John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera, 1877

    This resulted in a famous Court case.

    About 15 years ago my French Lady friend and I went to Paris to see an exhibition of the works of Turner, Monet and Whistler. I found Whistler's work interesting, one particular painting was of the Thames on a misty day.
    Jeanne did not know Turner at all and was enthralled at his paintings. A year later when we went to England to see my family we returned to catch the ferry at Portsmouth via Petworth House where there a a collection of Turner's work. She commented that if Monet was the Father of impressionism, the Turner was the Grandfather.

  3. 4. Is, obviously, W B Yates. I took me a little while to find the actual poem from which it came.

    “Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone, It’s with O’Leary in the grave”

    They are among his most famous lines, but when WB Yeats declared that 'Romantic Ireland's dead and gone', what was he referring to, who killed it – and did it really exist in the first place, asks DAN MULHALL.

  4. The other two were Johnson and Kalmar. Kalmar’s were used by WC Fields.