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Dr. Know
188979.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:54 am Reply with quote

ive SCOURED the web trying locate the source of this quote. can anyone help.

"You have all the members of your body, use them wisely."

It must be from a work of literiture but i simply cannot source it.


188988.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:54 am Reply with quote

I can't place it, but it has a Jacobean feel, the image of 'members of the body' seems to echo the Epistle to the Romans Ch 12 V 5, in the King James translation:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members of one another.

It also sounds like something that Polonius might have said to Hamlet, but the author forgot to write it down.

188990.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 10:21 am Reply with quote

Well I typed your quote into Google and that results in the lyrics of a song by Madness (a band I don't think I know). But that was probably not what you were looking for...

Dr. Know
188993.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 10:49 am Reply with quote

actually that is where i found it, but im trying to find out where they got it, i traced all the other lines from that song to literature, but i cant find where that ones from.

189006.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:11 pm Reply with quote

Is it possible that whatsisname actually wrote it, instead of geting it from somewhere? If so, then he has obviously been failed by the education system.
Anyway, whatever, it's a nicely turned piece.

Dr. Know
189020.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:59 pm Reply with quote

the rest of those lines are quotes are fom literiture, so its unlikley.

Humble thyself humble thyself and ye shall be exalted Biblical reference
[Lars Porsena of clucium] -Etruscan chieftain
By the nine gods he swore Quote from “Horatius” by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Humble thyself and ye shall be exalted
you have all the members of the body use them wisely Quote untraceable
that the great house of Tarquin should suffer wrong no more
by the nine gods he swore it and named the trysting day
bade his messengers ride forth east and west and south and north
to summon his array Horatius
you have all the members of the body use them wisely
into the valley of death rode the six hundred Quote from “Charge of the light brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
that is what ive got so far.

by the way, the time on this post is about an hour slow

189029.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:27 pm Reply with quote

The phrase 'members of the body' occurs frequently in Christian commentary and literature, and in Kabbalah. It also appears in Star Trek literature, with reference to 'The Body of Landru' on Beta III.

Dr. Know
189030.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:29 pm Reply with quote

i believe it is most probably a biblicial quote then

189033.  Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:34 pm Reply with quote

Sounds probable. Still, I haven't been able to find a literal reference to that specific sentence in

Dr. Know
198311.  Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:33 pm Reply with quote

I have another question! Where does they saying "Ain't no one here but us chickens." come from?
Help me, QI people! I must know!

198319.  Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:51 pm Reply with quote

It's a song title. The song has been recorded by B B King, among others.

Dr. Know
198321.  Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:54 pm Reply with quote

yes, i came to that conclusion, but i think it must go deeper than that, perhaps from a film or a peice of literature. there must be something.

198322.  Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:56 pm Reply with quote

dr. know wrote:
I have another question! Where does they saying "Ain't no one here but us chickens." come from?
Help me, QI people! I must know!

Almost certainly from 'The Christy Minstrels', a black-face troupe of entertainers from early 20c, who toured USA vaudeville and British music halls. Their trademark costume was white trousers, striped blazer, straw hat, with cane or tambourine. The chairman was addressed as 'Mr Interlocutor', and he provided the feed lines for the gags.
The best known gag had the punchline:
"Aint nobody here but us chickens!"
They were the inspiration for the 'Black & White Minstrel Show', and for some of the routines performed by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
(from memory)

Dr. Know
198323.  Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:58 pm Reply with quote

Mckeonj, I owe you my reputation for being the most smart alecky person on my street. Thank you!

198326.  Tue Aug 07, 2007 5:02 pm Reply with quote

The Christy Minstrels were late 19th century. In about 1960 a folk band was formed and took the name 'The New Christy Minstrels'.
Just in case some other smart aleck tries to correct you.


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