Magazine article Humanities

Who Said It?

Magazine article Humanities

Who Said It?

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Leaves in fiery colors. A crisp edge to the wind. The dimishing of the days. Autumn has arrived. In this edition of Who Said It?, we harvest literature and history to reap the ways the season serves as marker and metaphor for the passage of time.

1. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird ( would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

A. George Eliot

B. Jane Austen

C. William Makepeace Thackeray

D. Samuel Richardson

2. The increasing scarlet & yellow tints around the meadows & river remind me of the opening of a vast flower bud they are the petals of its corolla - which is of the width of the valleys - It is the flower of autumn, whose expanding bud just begins to blush.

A. Nathaniel Hawthorne

B. James Fenimore Cooper

C. Henry David Thoreau

D. Walt Whitman

3. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

A. John Lewis

B. Martin Luther King Jr.

C. Malcolm X

D. Barbara Jordan

4. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. William Bradford

C. Henry David Thoreau

D. John Muir

5. My Sorrow, when she's here with me,

Thinks these dark days of autumn rain

Are beautiful as days can be;

She loves the bare, the withered tree;

She walks the sodden pasture lane.

A. Ezra Pound

B. Robert Frost

C. T. S. Eliot

D. W. B. Yeats

6. He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.

A. Henry James

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. William James

D. Nathaniel Hawthorne

7. Last Autumn, on several occasions, I expressed my faith that we can make possible by democratic selfdiscipline in industry general increases in wages and shortening of hours sufficient to enable industry to pay its own workers enough to let those workers buy and use the things that their labor produces.

A. Eugene Y Debs

B. Franklin Roosevelt

C. Herbert Hoover

D. George Meany

8. No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring: no man can, at the same time, fill his cup from the source and from the mouth of the Nile.

A. Samuel Johnson

B. James Boswell

C. Thomas Carlyle

D. Henry Fielding

9. The moon was sinking over the hills, the air was crystal clear, the wind was cool, and the songs of the insects among the autumn grasses would by themselves have brought tears.

A. Sei Shonagon

B. Adikavi Pampa

C. Murasaki Shikibu

D. Scheherazade

10. A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.

A. Ernest Hemingway

B. Ian Fleming

C. Philip Roth

D. John Cheever


1. A. George Eliot, letter to Maria Lewis. September 3. 184 1 . One of Eliot's frequent and intimate correspondents was Lewis, her former governess. This letter was written almost two decades before Eliot set the London literati buzzing with her first novel, Adam Bede (1859). Eliot (née Mary Ann Evans) used a nom de plume to prevent critics from dismissing her work because of her sex and to obscure her unconventional love life. …

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