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Searching for a handle on the moment?

January 23, 2015
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Here’s a part egghead, part pop culture quiz with possible current events topicality. Can you identify the quotes? Try not to look at the answers at the bottom.

  1. “Searching for a handle on the moment?”
  2. “Do not despair, but if you do, work on in despair.”
  3. “The rocks … are the stubborn man. He invites the storm, he lives by it! Instinct with fears that are not fears but prickles of ecstasy, a secret liquor, a flame that inflames his blood…”
  4. “You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.”
  5. A: “You are very good. I really enjoyed climbing with you.” J: “We’ll make it.”A: “I don’t think so, but we shall continue with style.”
  6. ”I didn’t mind them firing me. I didn’t mind that they had no appreciation for my work. What bothered me was the way, in the middle of the night, they rooted around in my office and rifled my desk looking for grounds to fire me.”
  7. “Just because you did it doesn’t mean you’re guilty.”
  8. “Don’t be duped. There is no succor, no solace, no consoling song, except, perhaps, for this.”

Answer key:

  1. Agent K, Men in Black
  2. Edmund Burke
  3. William Carlos Willams, Seafarer
  4. M. Gustave, Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Anderl and Jonathan in the Eiger Sanction
  6. Walt Whitman commenting on losing his job as government clerk
  7. Billboard add in Washington, DC advertising the services of a local lawyer.
  8. Translation of Norse ode.
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