Brent is better known than Wilde
The babblings of television's "chilled-out entertainer" David Brent are better known than quotes from the giants of English literature, according to a new survey.
Figures showed 34% of 25- to 44-year-olds remembered the moment in BBC sitcom, The Office, when fictional manager Brent said: "Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue."
But just 9% of the same age group remembered the searing satire of Oscar Wilde when he remarked: "I can resist everything except temptation."
Interviewers found 71% of that age group knew Star Wars evil overlord, Darth Vader, said: "If only you knew the power of the dark side".
But 90% did not know that the Shakespearean quote "now is the winter of our discontent" was from Richard III.
Some thought that in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "Friends, Romans and Countrymen" were asked to lend 'swords' or 'money' rather than 'ears'.
Source: AO-Hell Entertainment News.