Can You Finish at Least 10 of These Famous Quotes From History?

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People say things all the time, but there are some which stand apart from the rest, not only because of who said it but also because of the meaning behind it. From Aristotle to Einstein, to Dr. Seuss, and Bob Marley, some of history's most memorable quotes have been repeated over decades and in some cases, centuries. Do you have what it takes to guess the correct word missing from these iconic quotes? Let's find out!

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1. "I came, I saw, I ____________." ~ Julius Caesar

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  1. Bought Two More
  2. Left
  3. Excelled
  4. Conquered
“I came, I saw, I conquered,” was said by the Roman dictator and military general, Julius Caesar. The common catchphrase is a common Latin saying, “Veni, Vidi, Vici.”
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2. “All of our _________ can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Disney

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  1. Goals
  2. Dreams
  3. Wishes
  4. Desires
“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them,” was said by the entrepreneur Walt Disney. He is the mastermind behind the entire Disney franchise.
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3. "The only true _____________ is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates

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  1. Goal
  2. Mission
  3. Power
  4. Wisdom
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing," was said by Socrates. He did not write down any of his teachings, and much of what we know came from secondary sources.
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4. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making _____________.” ~ John Lennon

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  1. Fun
  2. Goals
  3. Food
  4. Plans
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans,” was said by the English singer and guitarist of the Beatles, John Lennon. He was very well known for his political and peace activism.
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5. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often ____________ in disguise." ~ Oscar Wilde

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  1. Presents
  2. Robots
  3. Blessings
  4. Lessons
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise,” is a quote by the Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde. He is best remembered for his novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
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6. "It is better to be ___________ than loved, if you cannot be both." ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

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  1. Kissed
  2. Insane
  3. Feared
  4. Groovy
“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both,” was said by the Italian diplomat, Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. He was describing the ideal situation for a ruler, which is to be both feared and loved.
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7. "In the middle of ____________ lies opportunity." ~ Albert Einstein

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  1. A Party
  2. Cheese
  3. Difficulty
  4. Stress
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” was said by German theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein. One of his greatest works was developing the mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc2.
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8. “The journey of a ___________ miles begins with a single step” ~ Lao Tzu

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  1. Thousand
  2. Three
  3. Billion
  4. Million
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is a famous Chinese proverb by Lao Tzu. It explains that even the most difficult journeys have a starting point.
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9. “We know what we are, but know not what we ________ be” ~ Shakespeare

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  1. Sky
  2. Shouldn't
  3. Atomic
  4. May
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be,” was written by playwright William Shakespeare in the play Hamlet, one of his most popular pieces of writing.
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10. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone ____________ it” ~ Confucius

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  1. Sees
  2. Has
  3. Touches
  4. Gets
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it,” is a quote by the Chinese philosopher, Confucius. There is beauty in everything, but something that may be beautiful to one person, may not be the same for another person.
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11. "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all _________." ~ Aristotle

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  1. Freedom
  2. Cooking
  3. Wisdom
  4. Life
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” was said by Aristotle. The Greek philosopher, along with his teacher Plato, has been called the “Father of Western Philosophy.”
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12. “Many of life’s ___________ are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

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  1. Failures
  2. Regrets
  3. Channels
  4. Setbacks
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” was said by the American inventor, Thomas Edison. The quote encourages people to keep going.
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13. “You only live once, but if you do it __________, once is enough.” ~ Mae West

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  1. Right
  2. Nicely
  3. Good
  4. Wrong
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough,” was said by the American actress and comedian Mae West. The American Institute ranked her 15th among the greatest female stars in classic American cinema.
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14. "I ________; therefore, I am." ~ René Descartes

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  1. Lick
  2. Think
  3. Dance
  4. Love
"I think; therefore I am,” was said by the French philosopher and scientist, René Descartes. He is credited as the father of analytical geometry and a key figure in the Scientific Revolution.
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15. “No act of __________, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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  1. Hate
  2. Love
  3. Faith
  4. Kindness
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” is a commonly said phrase which was said by Greek fabulist, Aesop. He is best known for his collection of stories, known as Aesop’s Fables.
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16. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only __________ can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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  1. Greatness
  2. Hope
  3. Light
  4. Oceans
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that," was said by Martin Luther King Jr. It states the obvious that light drives out darkness and love does the same to hate.
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17. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; __________ speak because they have to say something.” ~ Plato

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  1. Enemies
  2. Fools
  3. Others
  4. Liars
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools speak because they have to say something,” was said by the Greek Philosopher, Plato. He believed that the perfect state would contain 4 qualities – courage, self-discipline, wisdom, and justice.
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18. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; __________ minds discuss people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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  1. Small
  2. Boring
  3. Odd
  4. Other
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people," was said by Eleanor Roosevelt. The quote describes people who are preoccupied with discussing other peoples’ business (gossiping).
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19. “The ____________ of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain

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  1. Goal
  2. Chance
  3. Window
  4. Secret
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” was said by American writer and publisher Mark Twain. Some of his most popular novels include “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and its sequel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
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20. “Our ____________ glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Confucius

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  1. Best
  2. Safest
  3. Greatest
  4. Only
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” was said by Chinese philosopher, Confucius. His philosophy was known as Confucianism.
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21. “Don’t ___________ each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant” ~ Robert Lewis Stevenson

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  1. Take
  2. Carry
  3. Judge
  4. Base
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds, you plant” is a quote from Robert Lewis Stevenson. The Scottish novelist’s most noted works include “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and “Treasure Island.”
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22. “Try to be a ____________ in someone’s cloud.” ~ Maya Angelou

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  1. Hug
  2. Clown
  3. Rainbow
  4. Light
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud,” was said by American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. It simply means to say, “bring some happiness into someone’s life.”
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23. “Not all those who ___________ are lost” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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  1. Wander
  2. Walk Away
  3. Are Alone
  4. Travel
“Not all those who wander are lost” is a line from the poem “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter” by J.R.R. Tolkien for his best-selling novel, “The Lord of the Rings.”
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24. “Yesterday is ___________, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.” ~ Joan Rivers

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  1. Stupid
  2. Old
  3. Wild
  4. History
“Yesterday is history tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present,” was said by the late Joan Rivers. The comedian’s comments were often controversial, especially those about politicians and celebrities.
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25. “A house divided against itself cannot ___________.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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  1. Hold
  2. Last
  3. Stand
  4. Stay
“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” was said by former U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln. It was a part of a speech given at the Illinois State Capitol on June 26th, 1858.
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26. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to ___________." ~ Charles Darwin

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  1. Change
  2. Hatred
  3. Love
  4. Fear
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change," was said by English scientist, Charles Darwin. He was best known for his work on evolution.
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27. “It’s far better to be __________, than in bad company” ~ George Washington

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  1. Careful
  2. Hated
  3. Alone
  4. Tired
“It’s far better to be alone, than in bad company,” was said by one of the Founding Fathers and the First President of the United States. During the American Revolution, he led colonial forces to victory over the British.
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28. "Don't gain the world and lose your soul, __________ is better than silver or gold." ~ Bob Marley

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  1. Cookies
  2. Kisses
  3. Power
  4. Wisdom
"Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold," was said by Jamaican Reggae singer, Bob Marley. He has been credited with taking the genre mainstream.
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29. "No great discovery was ever made without a bold ___________." ~ Isaac Newton

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  1. Scream
  2. Declaration
  3. Guess
  4. Jump
"No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess," is a quote by English physicist Sir Isaac Newton. He’s often been called the most influential scientist of all time.
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30. “Nothing great was ever ____________ without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  1. Sold
  2. Finished
  3. Achieved
  4. Done
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” was said by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Throughout his career, he published over 1,500 public lectures.
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31. "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably ___________." ~ Henry Ford

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  1. Sure
  2. Silly
  3. 50/50
  4. Right
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right," was said by Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company. He later sponsored the development of the assembly line of mass production.
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32. “You must be the __________ you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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  1. Song
  2. Singer
  3. Happiness
  4. Change
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” is a quote credited to Mahatma Gandhi. During India’s freedom movement, he undertook 17 fasts, the longest of which lasted 21 days.
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33. It is better to offer no excuse than a _________ one.” ~ George Washington

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  1. Silly
  2. Dumb
  3. Stupid
  4. Bad
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one,” was said to be former president, George Washington. He’s often been called the “Father of His Country.”
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34. "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he __________." ~ Richard Nixon

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  1. Dies
  2. Quits
  3. Stops
  4. Backflips
"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits," was said by former American President of the United States. He was the only president to resign from office.
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35. “That’s one small step for man, one giant ___________ for mankind.” ~ Neil Armstrong

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  1. Leap
  2. Move
  3. Step
  4. Idea
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was said by Astronaut Neil Armstrong. He spoke the famous words after landing on the moon.
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36. “____________ is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ~ Aristotle

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  1. Shoes
  2. Trust
  3. Love
  4. Art
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies,” was said by the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. He was the founder of Lyceum and the Peripatetic school pf philosophy.
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37. "God helps _________ that help themselves." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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  1. Those
  2. Others
  3. People
  4. Children
"God helps those that help themselves," is another famous quote by former president Benjamin Franklin. It describes the importance of taking the initiative to do things.
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38. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. _________ as if you were to live forever." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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  1. Learn
  2. Run
  3. Pogo
  4. Scream
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,” is a quote said by Mahatma Gandhi. The quote’s meaning is to make the most of every day and to take advantage of the different learning opportunities.
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39. “Never let the fear of ___________ out keep you from playing the game.” ~ Babe Ruth

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  1. Batting
  2. Giving
  3. Sinking
  4. Striking
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game,” was said by professional baseball player, Babe Ruth. It explains that you should not let the possibility of failure stop you from doing something.
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40. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the ___________.” ~ Helen Keller

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  1. Mind
  2. Soul
  3. Hand
  4. Heart
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart,” is a quote by author, and political activist, Helen Keller. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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41. “_____________ can only exist in acceptance” ~ George Orwell

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  1. Happiness
  2. Song
  3. Lies
  4. Joy
“Happiness can only exist in acceptance,” is a quote by English novelist, George Orwell. In 2008, The Times newspaper ranked him as second on “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”
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42. “And so, my fellow ___________: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” ~ J.F. Kennedy

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  1. People Friends American -c Colleagues
  2. American
  3. Colleagues
  4. Friends
  5. People
“And so, my fellow American: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” was said by president John F. Kennedy. It was said during his inaugural address to remind people of the importance of their civic duty.
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43. “There is nothing _____________ to him who will try.” ~ Alexander the Great

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  1. Intolerable
  2. Unbearable
  3. Impossible
  4. Unimaginable
“There is nothing impossible to him who will try,” is a quote attributed to Alexander the Great, the king of the ancient kingdom of Macedon, one of the largest empires of the ancient world.
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44. “Everyone thinks of changing the _____________, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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  1. Nation
  2. Cycle
  3. County
  4. World
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself,” is a quote by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. The quote is often interpreted as if you want to change the world, it has to start with you.
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45. It often requires more _____________ to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong." ~ Abraham Lincoln

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  1. Honor
  2. Love
  3. Bravery
  4. Courage
“It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong," was said by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. He led the country through the American Civil War, and also abolished slavery.
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46. “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness ____________ upon them.” ~ Shakespeare

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  1. Given
  2. Sent
  3. Thrust
  4. Thrown
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” is a quote by William Shakespeare, the man regarded as “England’s national poet.”
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47. “Don’t cry because it’s over, ____________ because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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  1. Smile
  2. Cry
  3. Note
  4. Grin
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” was said by American children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. Some of his most successful work includes “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “The Cat in the Hat.”
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48. “I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own _____________." ~ Mozart

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  1. Feelings
  2. Head
  3. Cat
  4. Eyes
“I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings," was said by classical composer Wolfgang Mozart. Throughout his career, he composed over 600 pieces of work.
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49. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that _______________.” ~ Winston S. Churchill

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  1. Opens doors
  2. Cares
  3. Tastes sweet
  4. Counts
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” is a quote that was said by Winston S. Churchill. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945.
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50. "One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most ______________." ~ Sigmund Freud

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  1. Crispy
  2. Breezy
  3. Happy
  4. Beautiful
"One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful, " is a quote by the Austrian neurologist and psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud.
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