Can You Actually Read These Quotes In Fancy Cursive Letters?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
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About This Quiz

Cursive writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past. In fact, many schools have stopped teaching this art in favor of simple printing. Although handwriting might be changing, some of the quotes we have found are as relevant and reliable as ever. Do you think you can read them when they are written in fancy cursive writing? 

From the Dalai Lama to Shakespeare, there are a lot of inspiring quotes out there. Although there was an impossible amount of quotes to choose from, we have done our best to pick quotes that look amazing when written in old-fashioned cursive lettering. As you go through this quiz, challenge yourself by seeing how many of them you can actually read in a word-for-word style. 

You'll need to choose your answers carefully because we have intentionally tried to throw you off. Make sure you study the cursive quote until you can remember it with your eyes closed. Once you think you know the right answer, choose it from the options we have given you.

Out of 40 quotes, how many do you think you can really read? Put on your glasses, and dig through your quote knowledge. You will need both to score high!

When Tennyson said, "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers," we can only assume he was lost deep in thought. As the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland, it was his job to think and to commit those thoughts to word.

According to the Proverbs, "In teaching others, we teach ourselves." When we share our knowledge with those around us, we receive their knowledge in return.

In addition to gifting the world with his incredible animation talents, Walt Disney was quite an inspirational speaker. The full quote says, “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”

According to T.S. Eliot, "Every moment is a fresh beginning." In other words, go out there and party like it's 1999.

According to Peter Pan, "To live will be an awfully be adventure." Peter Pan was Disney's 14th release, and it has been around since 1953.

Spoken by one of the Fathers of Western Philosophy, "Happiness depends on ourselves." As one of the world's most famous philosophers, you should take Aristotle's words to heart.

Oprah Winfrey is always full of wise advice. With this quote, she advises you to "Turn your wounds into wisdom."

Shakespeare said it best when he said, "When words fail, music speaks." Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England in April of 1564.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou imparted many words of wisdom with her voice as an author and civil rights activist. In this quote, she says, "And I still rise."

According to Thomas Edison, "There is no substitute for hard work." He would know since he is considered America's greatest inventor. Thanks to Edison, we have phonographs and lightbulbs.

If you've ever seen a Nike commercial, you know this quote well. The full quote reads, "Yesterday you said tomorrow. Just do it." Though, the "just do it" portion has remained as their tagline.

Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was a wise man. According to him, "All limitations are self-imposed."

Lebanese-American writer Kahlil Gibran is well-known for his insightful quotes. Here, he says, "Love is a trembling happiness."

Singer Ed Sheeran says a lot of things in his songs. However, in this interview quote, he says, "Success is the best revenge for anything."

During his lifetime, John Lennon passed a lot of powerful words through his music. In this spoken quote, he says, "Don't hate what you don't understand."

We're not quite sure what Steve Jobs meant by saying "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." However, we think he means that you should always pursue your dreams and that you should never ignore them.

Tony Robbins is a famous motivational speaker who inspires a lot of people. Here, he says, "The past does not equal the future." He is telling you that your past doesn't shape the way your future turns out.

The Irish poet Oscar Wilde was born in 1854. Although he has many pearls of wisdom to offer, this quote says, "Life is too short to learn German."

As the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is famous for his inspirational quotes. In this quote, he says, "Believe you can and you're halfway there."

Duke Ellington was an amazing musician and prominent band leader. He knew what he was talking about when he said, "A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso presented art to the world in ways they had never seen before. In this quote, he challenges the idea of aging by saying, "It takes a long time to become young."

Charles Bukowski is a German-American writer and poet that had a whole lot to say. In this instance, he says, "Find what you love and let it kill you."

American cowboy Will Rogers was quite the actor and performer. We're assuming that he was very busy juggling his career when he said, "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss' inspiring poetry and quirky illustrations. Here, he says, "You have to be odd to be number one." He certainly lived up to this quote.

During his time on Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau passed a lot of great wisdom on to us. In this quote, he advises, "Live the life you've dreamed."

According to the Dali Lama, "Love is the absence of judgment." Truly loving someone or something means not passing judgment. Instead, we are instructed to be accepting.

Best known for his singing with The Doors, Jim Morrison was always pushing boundaries. Here, he asks, "Where is your will to be weird?"

We're sure you know the Robert Frost quote about the two roads in the woods, but did you get this one right? It says, "Freedom lies in being bold."

Although she was best known for her self-sacrificial charity work, Mother Teresa offered many wise words for us to live by. Here, she says, "Be happy in the moment."

George Orwell is most famous for his book "1984," but as a prolific author, he had a lot of advice. For instance, "Happiness can only exist in acceptance."

As the First Lady, Michelle Obama often stole the show with her wisdom and poise. In this quote, she advises us to "Choose people who lift you up."

Anne Frank's heartbreaking diary is full of potent life observations. She wisely advises that, "No one has ever become poor by giving."

C.S. Lewis captured the world's imagination with his "Chronicles of Narnia" series. He also offers great advice by saying, "We are what we believe we are."

Even though his kite was struck by lightning, Benjamin Franklin offered the world a lot through his inventions and scientific work. He also advised us that "Time is money."

Quirky designer Vivienne Westwood knows enough to give great advice about clothing. Here, she says, "Buy less, choose well." You can have a great wardrobe with a few key pieces.

Ancient philosopher Lao Tzu offers more quotes than we could possibly count. Here he advises, "He who is contented is rich."

Although we could do an entire quiz with Buddha quotes, we have decided to offer this little wise one. "Peace comes from within." Remember it.

Social justice advocate Malcolm X always had a lot to say. Here, he warns, "Truth is on the side of the oppressed."

One of the godfathers of philosophy and modern thought, Socrates is an endless supply of wisdom. He says, "Wisdom begins with wonder." He must have done a lot of wondering.

Even though Rumi practiced writing during the 13th century, his words are still relevant. If you are looking for something, keep his words in mind. "What you seek is seeking you."

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