Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Quote Quiz

Which writer (born on this day, as it happens) wrote this?
'The best prayers have often more groans than words.'
He also wrote this:
'The robe of flesh wears thin, and with the years God shines through all things.'
You might well be surprised by the answer...
I don't need to tell you honest commenters that the use of Google is, of course, forbidden.

15 comments:

  1. Nige, so easy... It was you. You've just typed it.

    Happy birthday, by the way.

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  2. You have to forbid the use of Google

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  3. John Donne?

    St. Augustine?

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  4. Surprised? Was it Rochester? See, we're all guessing poet. Evelyn Waugh?

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  5. i would have said Donne but you said we may be surprised, so i'm going to try Chesterton, who i can't imagine writing either of these two...

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  6. Samuel Johnson? Something about groans. I don't think he was afraid to admit to groaning. He probably groaned along with Hodge in a fine duet that shook the tiles on houses all around and found it good for the digestion. Maybe we don't groan enough these days. But not a clue really.

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  7. No's all round so far - no one even close. As I say, it's surprising...

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  8. It must be someone contemporary then. The pope?

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  9. Not contemporary, but 20th century...

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  10. OK, one last groan: Beckett? Joyce?

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  11. Okay then - here's the answer:
    John Buchan!
    How do you like that?

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