An April Fool’s Day Quiz

In each category, match the number of the statement with the letter of its author. (Answers at “For Fun” tab above.)


1. It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
2. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
3. A fool and his money are soon elected.
4. There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
5. You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.

a.  Adlai E. Stevenson
b.  Abraham Lincoln
c.  Will Rogers
d.  Will Durant
e.  Donella Meadows

Battle of the Sexes

6. The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
7. Personally, I don’t like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she’ll fool her husband, I figure she’ll fool me.
8. A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
9. Fool! Don’t you see now that I could have poisoned you a hundred times had I been able to live without you.

f.   Orson Welles
g.  Cleopatra
h.  Robert Frost
i.   Rudyard Kipling

Human Nature

10. The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
11. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
12. No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
13. The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.
14. The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
15. Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn’t do to upset one’s own vanity.

j.    Epicurus
k.   George Santayana
l.    Hunter S. Thompson
m.  Benjamin Franklin
n.   Dylan Thomas
o.   Chanakya


16. You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
17. He who hesitates is a damned fool.
18. You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool Mom.
19. You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.
20. Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed.
21. If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.

p.   Mae West
q.   Captain Penny (kids’ show) circa 1960
r.   Margaret Mitchell
s.   George W. Bush
t.   Angelina Jolie
u.  Abraham Lincoln

See answers at the “For Fun” tab in the above menu. The only person I tested it on was my husband, and he got 9/21. How did you do? If you feel like sharing, leave score in Comment below. Happy April Fool’s day!

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