We had a US election party last night. As part of this, we had a quiz that asked contestants to name the person responsible for various quotations. The quotations and their authors are below. The winning team was called ‘Make Quizzes Great Again’.

  1. There are two factors in American politics that may seem strange to Europeans: race and religion. P. J. O’Rourke
  2. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine
  3. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Ronald Reagan
  4. Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. J F Kennedy
  5. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Bill Clinton
  6. Frankly, I don’t mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is. Ted Kennedy
  7. America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. Jimmy Carter
  8. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King
  9. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
  10. A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing. Thomas Jefferson
  11. Socialism never took root in America because the poor there see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. John Steinbeck
  12. United States will come to talk to us when they have a black President and the world has a Latin American pope. Fidel Castro (in 1973)
  13. Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the colour of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation and not a fact. Lyndon B Johnson. LBJ
  14. Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not. Bobby Kennedy
  15. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. FDR
  16. America is the most grandiose experiment the world has ever seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success. Sigmund Freud
  17. Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. Mark Twain
  18. Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you! Bill Hicks
  19. When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose. Bob Dylan (Like a Rolling Stone)
  20. You don’t like your job. You don’t strike. You go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way. Homer Simpson
  21. The liberals can understand everything except the people who don’t understand them. Lenny Bruce
  22. Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps. Public Enemy (Fight the power)
  23. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde
  24. Life here is really f8cking good. Yeah, we’ve got a lot of dumb people. But you can afford to be dumb here. Doug Stanhope
  25. It’s like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already here? What kind of shit is that, but white people’s shit? Miles Davis
  26. He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach… that it makes no sense. Philip Roth (American Pastoral)
  27. Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy. F Scott Fitzgerald
  28. Sometimes, all you have in life are f8cked up, poisonous choices. Which film? American Hustle
  29. I really am a pessimist. I’ve always felt that fascism is a more natural governmental condition than democracy. Democracy is a grace. It’s something essentially splendid because it is not at all routine or automatic. Fascism goes back to our infancy and childhood, where you were always told how to live. We were told, Yes, you may do this; no, you may not do that. So the secret of fascism is that it has this appeal to people whose later lives are not very satisfactory. Norman Mailer
  30. It’s a town full of losers but I’m pulling out of here to win. Bruce Springsteen
  31. Putin is a strong leader. He’s making mincemeat of our President. Donald Trump
  32. There is no place for gays and atheists in my America. None. Our constitution makes that clear. Ted Cruz
  33. President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Clint Eastwood
  34. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. Donald Trump
  35. To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call thebasket of deplorables. Hillary Clinton
  36. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women, I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet. You know when you’re a star they let you do it. Donald Trump
  37. I don’t vote with my vagina. Susan Sarandon
  38. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote! President Obama
  39. Make America great again. Donald Trump
  40. America is already great. President Obama
  41. It is not hard to love President Obama. He is human and kind and on some days, so full of light; a very spiritual man. The Dalai Lama
  42. This was not just lewd conversation. This wasn’t just locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women. Michelle Obama
  43. I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton and I can’t vote for Donald Trump, and it breaks my heart. Jeb Bush
  44. I have a great relationship with the Mexican people. Donald Trump
  45. A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes. Hillary Clinton

We had a great time – as depicted in the pictures below.

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