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Challenge is a common English word that is used generically for many different named competitions and for things that are imbued with a sense of difficulty and victory.


  • Doctor: Don't challenge me, Harriet Jones, because I'm a completely new man. I could bring down your Government with a single word.
Harriet: You're the most remarkable man I've ever met, but I don't think you're quite capable of that.
Doctor: No, you're right. Not a single word, just six.
Harriet: I don't think so.
Doctor: Six words.
Harriet: Stop it!
Doctor: Six.

(The Doctor goes over to Alex and whispers in his ear.)

Doctor: Don't you think she looks tired?
Harriet: What did he say?
Alex: Oh, well, nothing, really.
Harriet: What did he say?
Alex: Nothing. I don't know.
Harriet: Doctor! Doctor, what did you? What was that? What did he say? What did you say, Doctor? Doctor! I'm sorry.
  • Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
  • only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.
  • The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
    • Bertrand Russell, as quoted in Crainer's The Ultimate Book of Business Quotations (1997), p. 258.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 92.
  • If not, resolve, before we go,
    That you and I must pull a crow.
    Y' 'ad best (quoth Ralpho), as the Ancients
    Say wisely, have a care o' the main chance.
  • I never in my life
    Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
    Unless a brother should a brother dare
    To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
  • There I throw my gage,
    To prove it on thee to the extremest point
    Of mortal breathing.
  • An I thought he had been valiant and so cunning in fence, I'ld have seen him damned ere I'ld have challenged him.

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