Who Said It? Mark Twain or Pat McCrory?

Which was said by Pat McCrory and which was said by Mark Twain? Each set has a quote be both Twain and McCrory that have a somewhat nebulous connection. See if you can guess which is which. Answers are at the end.


  • “My strength is concepts and strategy and theory and also facts.”
  • “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. “



  • “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
  • “I felt like doing it. Who cares?”



  • “The lack of money is the root of all evil.”
  • “Income tax revenue is up substantially even as we reduced the income tax…”



  • “I’m trying to make it at least where they can afford to live”
  • “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” 



  • “People are looking for leadership. They’re looking for problem solvers. They’re looking for hard workers. They’re not looking for whiners.”
  • “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” 



  • “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” 
  • “We didn’t shorten early voting, we compacted the calendar.”



  • “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
  • “None.”



  • “A pungent odor seeped into the office.”
  • “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” 



  • “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”
  • “North Carolina is poised for an economic revival. Since this time last year, North Carolina has gained approximately 80,000 jobs”



  • “Too complex for journalists to understand. They don’t have economics degrees.”
  • “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” 



  • “Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.”
  • “A pungent odor seeped into the governor’s office”



  • “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
  • “Don’t put your stupid hat on.”



  • “Sure, sure, I hide my thin skin most of the time. Everyone likes to be liked. Name calling and swearing and shouting and screaming is not the way I think good political dialogue should go.”
  • “The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.”



  1. Twain then McCrory
  2. Twain then McCrory
  3. Twain then McCrory
  4. McCrory then Twain
  5. McCrory then Twain
  6. Twain then McCrory
  7. Twain then McCrory
  8. McCrory then Twain
  9. Twain then McCrory
  10. McCrory then Twain
  11. Twain then McCrory
  12. Twain then McCrory
  13. McCrory then Twain