Can You Identify Each Children’s Literature Character From One of Their Quotes?

Khadija Leon

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About This Quiz

One of the best things about our lives is the memories we get to make, keep and treasure. And although some memories may fade over time, there are ways of remembering them. Our childhood is one of those times that most people like to keep close, whether it be the experience we shared with our families, the trouble we got into with our friends or the books and characters we learned about. And we're here to bring that latter part of childhood back, right here, in this quiz. 

So we're going to quiz you on some of the books that made your childhood so amazing. But we won't ask you about the books. We'd rather quiz you on the characters that brought those books to life - and that's exactly what we're going to do. So, we'll give you a hint about the character in the form of a quote that they're well known for, and it'll be your duty to match that phrase, statement or question to the human, animal or magical creature who said it. 

If you're up to the challenge of matching the best of the best kids' characters to the things they've said, then let's start this quiz. 

Which of the following characters said,​ “Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think”?

The quote​ “Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think” was said by Winnie-the-Pooh from "The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh," by author A. A. Milne.

Only one of these characters said, “A name is a powerful thing.” Who is it?

The quote “A name is a powerful thing" was spoken by the character Rumpelstiltskin in "Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin," by Liesl Shurtliff. It is a retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale.

What is the name of the character who said, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”?

"Where the Wild Things Are" is a 1963 children's picture book by Maurice Sendak, about an imaginative child who sailed to an island full of "wild things." The quote “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!” was said by one of the wild things.

A literary character said, “What I mean and what I say is two different things." Which of the following is it?

The quote “What I mean and what I say is two different things" was said by the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) in the 1982 Roald Dahl book "The BFG." In 2016, the story, which was dedicated to the writer's daughter, was adapted into a live-action film.

Who said this quote: “There is no place like home”?

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," often shortened to "The Wizard of Oz," is a 1900 L. Frank Baum children's novel about a young girl who was transported​ to Oz after being caught in a cyclone - or, more accurately, a tornado. In order to get back to Kansas, she had to say, "There is no place like home."

A character listed below is known for saying, "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog." Which of them is it?

Matilda is the title character of the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, about an extraordinary little girl who by the age of two was able to take care of herself. The intelligent character said, "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog."

Do you know who said, “Anger can corrode most anything if it sits still long enough”?

"The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing" is the 2014 follow-up to the "Three Times Lucky" book. One character is Grandmother Miss Lacy, who said, “Anger can corrode most anything if it sits still long enough.”

Which of these characters said, "Even the smallest one can change the world”?

Peter Rabbit is a character from the British children's book "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by author Beatrix Potter. It follows a mischevious young rabbit who took pride in wreaking havoc in Mr. McGrogor's yard. In the book, he said, "Even the smallest one can change the world.”

One of these characters said, “I’m a city child, I live at the Plaza.” Who is it?

The quote “I’m a city child, I live at the Plaza” was said by Eloise, the main character in a series of books by the author Kay Thompson. The little girl lived on the top floor of the Plaza​ Hotel in New York City.

Which of these characters said, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”?

Alice is a character from the 1865 Lewis Carroll novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It follows the title character as she falls down a rabbit's hole into the magical world of Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts tells Alice, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Which of these characters is known for saying, “M. Dior designed a dress for me and it is absolutely chic, although I would have preferred a tassel or two”?​

The series of 1950s Eloise children's books follow a young girl named Eloise who lives in New York City. In "Eloise in Paris," she said, “M. Dior designed a dress for me, ​and it is absolutely chic, although I would have preferred a tassel or two.”

What is the name of the character who sang, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game”?

The quote “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game” was sung by Mary Poppins, the self-titled character from a series of eight novels by the British author P.L. Travers. The quote is actually from the 1964 musical film version, however.

A literary character said, “It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.” What is their name?

"The Velveteen Rabbit" is a Britsh children's book which ​was written by Margery Williams and published in 1922. The novel revolves around a stuffed Velveteen Rabbit and other toys in the nursery, including the Skin Horse, who said, “It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.”

Which of these characters said, "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it”?

The quote "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it” was said by Peter Pan, a free-spirited young boy who never grew​ up. The character was first encountered in "The Little White Bird."

One of these characters said, “I am your prince and you will marry me.” What was their​ name?

"The Princess Bride" is a 1973 fantasy novel by William Goldman about a young woman named Buttercup and a farm hand named Westley. Another character, named Prince Humperdinck, said, “I am your prince and you will marry me.”

What is the name of the person who said, “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing”?

Charlotte is a spider from​ the novel "Charlotte's Web." She used her ability to write messages in her web in order to save her friend Wilbur the pig from being slaughtered. One of the many things that she said to Wilbur was, “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

Which of these characters said, “Reading never wears me out”?

The quote “Reading never wears me out” was said by Olivia, a fictional pig from a series of children's books by Ian Falconer. He was inspired by his niece, who has the same name.

In their story, one of these characters said, “I volunteer as tribute!” Who was it?

"The Hunger Games" is the first in a trilogy of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins. The series revolves around the character Katniss Everdeen, who said, “I volunteer as tribute!”

The quote “Maybe I don’t like being different, but I don’t want to be like everybody else, either” was said by which character?

The quote “Maybe I don’t like being different, but I don’t want to be like everybody else, either” was said by the character Meg Murray. She appeared in the science fantasy novel "A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeleine L'Engle.

One of these characters said, “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible." What is their name?

The quote “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible” was said by King Azaz, a character from the 1961 Norton Juster novel "The Phantom Tollbooth." It follows the story of a young boy named Milo who received a magical tollbooth​ which transported him to the Kingdom of Wisdom.

Which of the characters listed below said, “Don't be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life”?

"Tuck Everlasting" is a 1975 children's novel by Natalie Babbitt. The book, which is centered around the concept of immortality, features a character named Angus Tuck, who said, “Don't be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life.”

Which character said, “I do not like green eggs and ham”?

"Green Eggs and Ham" is a Dr. Seuss children's book about a strange creature who refused to try eating green eggs and ham. His name is never mentioned. He was the one who said, “I do not like green eggs and ham.”

Which of these people said, “But I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that"?

Pippi Longstocking is the main character of a series of books written by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The red-headed, freckle-faced, confident nine-year-old girl was heard saying a number of things, including, “But I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that."

The quote “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship” was said by what character?

"Little Women" is a novel by Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The work followed the lives of the March sisters, one of whom was named Amy. She said, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Which one of the characters listed below said, “But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart”?

"The Little Prince" is a 1943 novel which was written by the French novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It revolves around a young prince who lived on a tiny planet. He said, “But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart…”

What is the name of the character who said, “Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens"?

The quote “Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens" was said by the Whether Man. He's a character from the 1961 children's fantasy novel called "The Phantom Tollbooth," by Norton Juster.

The quote “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends” was said by one of these people. Which is it?

The quote “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends” comes from the Harry Potter book series, which were written by J.K. Rowling. The quote was said by Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of a magical school.

One of these fictional characters said, “Off with their heads!” Who is it?

The quote “Off with their heads!” was said by the Queen of Hearts, one of the antagonists from the novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. She was a very foul-tempered queen, quick to give the death sentence.

Who is the character who said, “And no good can ever come from spoiling a child like that, Charlie, you mark my words"?

The quote “And no good can ever come from spoiling a child like that, Charlie, you mark my words” was said by Grandpa Joe. He is a character from the Roald Dahl 1964 children's novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

One of these literary characters​ said, “I'm right and you're wrong, I'm big and you're small, and there's nothing you can do about it.” Who was it?

Miss Trunchbull is one of the antagonists from Roald Dahl's 1988 classic, "Matilda." She was often heard saying inappropriate things to her students, including, “I'm right and you're wrong, I'm big and you're small, and there's nothing you can do about it.”

Which of these fictional characters said, "Seagulls don't know everything... I always keep a marmalade sandwich under my hat, just in case!"?

Paddington Bear is a fictional character who first appeared in the 1958 novel "A Bear Called Paddington" and 20 other books by author Michael Bond. Paddington once said, "Seagulls don't know everything... I always keep a marmalade sandwich under my hat, just in case!"

Which of these characters said this quote: “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet”?

The quote “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet” was said by a character named Anne Shirley. She is the main character of the 1908 novel "Anne of Green Gables," by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

What is the name of the character who said, “Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth”?

"Harriet the Spy" is a1964 children's novel which was written by author Louise Fitzhugh. It is centered around an 11-year-old aspiring writer named Harriet who lives on the Upper East Side of New York City. The quote “Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth” was said by Harriet's nanny, named Golly.

In their story, one of these characters said, “You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.” Who is it?

The quote “You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are” was said by Aslan, a character from the Chronicles of Narnia series, specifically "Prince Caspian." The talking lion was created by C.S. Lewis and appeared in the books as the King of the Beasts.

What is the name of the fictional character who said, “There are some things we might not know, but that doesn't mean we should give up. We can find out what we need to know. We can find out anything”?

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a series of 13 novels, written by Daniel Handler under the pen name Lemony Snicket. They follow the lives of three children whose parents died in a mysterious fire. One of the children, Klaus Baudelaire, said, “There are some things we might not know, but that doesn't mean we should give up. We can find out what we need to know. We can find out anything.”

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