What are some quotes/verse that every cultivated English speaker knows ?
I was thinking of things such as simple as "nevermore" in The Raven.
The Lord's Prayer and John 3:16, despite originating in another language. People at least know one or the other.
well, cultivated is a pretty vague bar, i just went with the example given in the OP as the level of mass penetration he's looking for.
nevermore is a few magnitudes more well known than the moby dick passage
Then it don’ matter. Then I’ll be all aroun’ in the dark. I’ll be ever’where — wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. If Casy knowed, why, I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’ — I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build — why, I’ll be there. See?
Cry "havoc" and let slip the dogs of war
I bet no one does actually
Et tu, Brute?
Fug, it's latin
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God
I bet most didn't even read that book
The fresh prince lyrics?
Some bits from In Memoriam AHH:
I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law—
Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek'd against his creed—
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."
I guess mostly just the "band of brothers" line but nevertheless the entire St Crispin's day speech is GOAT