Who said what?

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(Quotations are from the 1960s and '70s. Choices and answers at bottom)

1) “If you think you are emancipated, you might consider the idea of tasting your own menstrual blood—if it makes you sick, you’ve got a long way to go, baby.”* 
2) “The atheist religion don’t believe in the Bible.”
3) “I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.”
4) “The male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion…maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples.”
5) “Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake. But I do deny them my essence.”
6) “Your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore. It’s already overcrowded from your dirty little war.”
7) “Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.”
8) “First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate’s stomach! Wild!”
9) “Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.”
10) “Cop pulls me over says, ‘You’re eyes look red, you been smoking weed?’ I replied, “Your eyes look glazed, you been eating donuts?’”
11) “Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.”
12) “When I retire I’m going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.”
13) “Come to the Florida sunshine tree. That’s where you get a glass of energy.”
14) “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”
15) “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”
16) “Let it fly in the breeze…And get caught in the trees…Give a home to the fleas…”
17) “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!”
18) “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock—that rock landed on us.”
19) “It’s naturally sweet taste reminds me of wild hickory nuts.”
20) “If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.’”
21) “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.”
22) “Suffering succotash!”
23) “That’s part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom…”
24) “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”
25) “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.”

Edward Abbey, Muhammad Ali, H. Rap Brown, Archie Bunker, Anita Bryant, Cheech and Chong, Bernardine Dohrn, Euell Gibbons, Germaine Greer, Hair, Abbie Hoffman, LBJ, JFK, Henry Kissinger, Timothy Leary, Lester Maddox, Richard Nixon, John Prine, Valerie Salano, Shel Silverstein, Sylvester, George Wallace, Dr. Strangelove, General William Westmoreland, Malcolm X

*In the many Virginia Slims commercials of the era, Big Tobacco congratulated women for having “come a long way” yet persisted in calling them “Baby.”

1=Germaine Greer 2= Archie Bunker 3=H. Rap Brown 4=Valerie Salano 5=Dr. Strangelove 6=John Prine 7= General William Westmoreland 8=Bernardine Dohrn 9=Edward Abbey 10=Cheech and Chong 11=Abbie Hoffman 12=Richard Nixon 13=Anita Bryant 14=Muhammad Ali 15=JFK 16=Hair 17=George Wallace 18=Malcolm X 19=Euell Gibbons 20=LBJ 21=Timothy Leary 22=Sylvester 23=Lester Maddox 24=Henry Kissinger 25=Shel Silverstein

7 comments:

rhymeswithplague said...

The only ones I knew without looking were Anita Bryant, George Wallace, Euell Gibbons, Timothy Leary, and Sylvester! I guess I'm not as well-read as I thought....

Anita Bryant spoke one Sunday at the church we attended in south Florida (she was married to Bob Green and lived in Boynton Beach). When Timothy Leary was holding forth in Millbrook, NY, we lived a few miles down the road from him in Poughkeepsie (my early IBM days).

Helen said...

The best~~ Cheech and Chong!

Fram Actual said...

This one is too complicated for me .... I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone ....

PhilipH said...

Muhamed Ali was justified and absolutely correct in his statement, (of FACT).

You've dug up some occult quotes here, Snowy.

(Who said that? 'Twas I of course)

Snowbrush said...

“The best~~ Cheech and Chong!”

They said so many good things that it was hard to pick one out.

“Anita Bryant spoke one Sunday at the church we attended in south Florida“

Anita Bryant ended up bankrupt after she started pounding on gays, and divorced her husband (who denied that they were divorced under Biblical law) because gays boycotted her music and the products she sponsored, and church’s stopped inviting her to speak because of the divorce. The quote I remember best by her is that she had rather her son be dead than homosexual, but I couldn’t find it. Her son grew up to be a liberal with gay friends, wouldn’t you know. When a person perceives their parents as fanatics, they often go in the opposite direction, especially if their parents are ostracized for their actions.

“When Timothy Leary was holding forth in Millbrook, NY, we lived a few miles down the road.”

You’ll be impressed to know that I got closer to him than you because I heard him speak in Portland, Oregon. My impression is that he was a terrible person who caused a great deal of suffering and sold out friends. After the death of his daughter, Art Linkletter said he would kill Leary on sight, which was quite a statement coming from him.

“This one is too complicated for me .... I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone ….”

I can’t tell if that’s good or bad. Maybe if you were a few years younger.

“You've dug up some occult quotes here, Snowy.”

I can’t tell if that’s good or bad either, but your English, and the slant is toward Americans. In fact, I think Germaine Greer might be the only person isn’t American, and she’s from Australia.. My primary intention was to present some of the diverse voices of the era in all their passion. The Weathermen and feminist leaders especially were not pleasant people.

rhymeswithplague said...

Re our ongoing "unpublished" conversation:

I said "white oak" but that didn't sound right. I think I meant "post oak."

I lived between Fort Worth ("Where the West begins") and Dallas ("Where the East peters out") -- only one of those slogans is real -- so we would see an occasional mesquite tree. A few miles west of us was all mesas and cactus and wide-open spaces, and a few miles of east of us was all black land and cotton fields. U.S. Hwy. 81 (now I-35) pretty much follows the Balcones Escarpment all the way down to Austin and beyond, with the "east" literally on one side of the road and the "west" on the other side in places.

I am glad you have renewed your friendship with Brent and Resurrection. As Jewish mothers like to say (usually about chicken noodle soup), it couldn't hurt.

Sparkling Red said...

Well then, your next post could be a "Best Of" list of Cheech and Chong quotes. :-) That would be fun.

I love Shel Silverstein. I read his books over and over as a child.