We may (or may not) know who the winner of the US Presidential election, we can look back at past Presidents and their words (for good or ill). So this week, enjoy some Presidential Quote trivia.
We all know the classics like, “Four score and seven years ago,” but how well do we know some of the other things said by America’s leaders? You might be surprised by some of the answers and the frankness that some of our past presidents used when they were in office (and out of office).
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Hey gang, happy Wednesday. Yesterday, the US had its Presidential Elections. Now, we may or may not know the outcome by today, but even so, we thought it might be fun to look back at the words of past presidents. That’s right, it’s a quotables episode. I give you a quote, you tell me which US President said it. Simple setup, but a challenging episode.
If you’re new here, welcome. We’re a weekly trivia podcast that gives you thirty questions (and their answers). Think of us as your own private bar trivia game, minus the cover charge bad lighting, and drink minimum.
OK, looks like Air Force one is fueled up and ready to fly. So, let’s get started.
The Dorky Round
1. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
2. Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
3. Read My Lips: No New Taxes.
4. The only thing we have to fear is: Fear itself.
5. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
6. Whatever the verdict on my presidency, I’m comfortable with the fact that I won’t be around to hear it. That’s a decision point only history will reach.
7. Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.
8. No man is above the law, and no man is below it.
9. A man is not finished when he's defeated; he's finished when he quits.
10. The point is that you can't be too greedy.
The Geeky Round
1. I cannot live without books.
2. If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?
3. If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.
4. May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
5. Never take counsel of your fears.
6. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
7. It's not doing what is right that's hard for a President. It's knowing what is right.
8. If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
9. War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
10. The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men.
The Nerdy Round
1. America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
2. America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
3. Honor lies in honest toil.
4. Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
5. Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
6. I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.
7. Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion.
8. I know enough of the family life of officers. I scarcely know my own children or they me.
9. The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.
10. Truth is the glue that holds government together.
And that’s it for this episode. I hope it was interesting and informative. It was our first real-world quotables episode, so let us know what you think. You can find us at DorkyGeekyNerdy.com. From there you contact us or visit us on your Social Media platform of choice.
We’ll be back next week with more trivia fun. Here’s your clue:
“What was the highest grossing film of 1983? It made over three times as much as the second place movie, Terms of Endearment?”
I promised we’d be back for more of it, didn’t I?
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2 thoughts on “93 | Quotable US President Trivia”
I laughed out loud with the “greed” quote. That’s so…him. January 20th can’t come soon enough.
Timely! I used it with my history students. Big hit.
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