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Whose line is it? October 17, 2015

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1. A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. ………

get it right

meaning that a painting should not be a direct rendering of a visual expression nor a spontaneous response to something you see. He lived some 500 years ago, but is not primarily known as a painter.

Answer 1

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2. Can’t catch mice with syllogisms.

He was fighting trends in philosophy and theology. He is known as one of Germany’s greatest poets. — He means that you cannot fight the facts with words. — A syllogism is a little circular argument.

Answer 2

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3. A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.

He says that rulers must be prepared to break all the rules. He lived about 500 years ago, the time of Michelangelo and Leonardo, in a city where laws were rarely enforced.

Answer 3

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4. Has the ship come in?

This is how he asked whether his death was imminent. He was in prison under a sentence passed by his city’s parliament, but he could not be executed until the sacred ship was at harbour.

Answer 4

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5. Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I’m not listening.

He is known the world over. You have seen his picture 1000 times even if you don’t watch TV, and you would recognize all the members of his family and their imitators by their style.

Answer 5

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6. ¡No pasarán!

They won’t get through! — The 20th century’s call for resistance mostly used against armed rightist violence; where is it from ?

Answer 6

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7. Kill the cable! Kill the cable!

They meant to have a private meeting, but the TV feed was accidentally plugged into the wrong socket and when they saw themselves on their TV screens, it was too late.

Answer 7

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flowers

8. Then the sands will roll out
A carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a-touching

US poet laureate, singer, and composer famous the world over even where his poetry cannot be understood. He has been around for a long time and so is known to everybody’s parents and grandparents, too.

Answer 8

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9. Sancho, con la iglesia hemos topado : “Sancho, we´re up against the Church”

meaning we had better be careful. — The quote is from a book whose main character has become universally proverbial for any unrealistic or bombastic approach to practical matters.

Answer 9

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10. Ich bin ein Berliner.

Said by an American president in response to a huge wall that the Soviets had set up in the middle of a cosmopolitan city to prevent their people from escaping.

Answer 10

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11. Thalassa! thalassa! The sea, the sea!

They shouted with joy when they discovered that they were getting home at last after a defeat and a dangerous retreat under the orders of their general who wrote the story and quoted his men. They had been walking through enemy territory for a long time and suddenly, from a hilltop, they saw the sea.

Answer 11

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the news

12. Nihil novum

Shortened from : “Nothing new under the sun.” The author is one of those who together wrote the world´s most famous book.. The complete quote is :.

What has been will be again
what has been done will be done again
there is nothing new under the sun.

Answer 12

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13. Zur Beruhigung hinreichend : “Good enough as a tranquilizer”:

He is commenting on the oldest attempt to prove God’s existence by pointing to the Creation. He is mostly sharp like that, but he wrote so much and his sentences are so long that nobody tries to read him anymore.

Answer 13

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kiosko

All the the solutions
1. Michelangelo
2. Heinrich Heine
3. Machiavelli
4. Socrates
5. Homer Simpson
6. Call to resist the German advance at the battle of Verdun in WW1: On ne passera pas”.
7. OPEC leaders as reported by Tim Webb at the Observer Guardian.
8. Bob Dylan
9. Cervantes
10. US President Kennedy in answer to Soviet blockade of Berlin
11. Greek soldiers under General Xenophon
12. Ecclesiastes (one of the books of the Bible)
13. German philosopher E. Kant

Most of the drawings are by Raphael Wuensch. The gold kite on a blue background is by Ch. Madden.

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Comments»

1. Carl D'Agostino - January 6, 2012

I got 4. Fun post.


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