10 Quotes From Top 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Ken Jennings Ahead of 'Greatest of All Time' Tournament

Three of Jeopardy's top contestants are duking it out to be the all-time trivia champion. The wildly-popular syndicated trivia game show has James Holzhauer, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings to compete against one another on the tournament, The Greatest of All Time, for a grand prize of $1 million.

Jennings narrowly took home the top spot in Tuesday's first game. Viewers can tune into the second night of the event Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

The tournament will span several nights, with the first player to win three games claiming the grand prize. The runner-ups will walk away with $250,000.

Though the competition is stiff, many have their eyes on Jennings, an author who became a household name in 2004 after winning 74 consecutive games on Jeopardy!⁠—the longest winning streak in the show's history⁠— with monetary wins totaling $3,370,700.

Here are some quotes from Jennings from over the years:

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"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek poses for a picture with show contestant Ken Jennings on July 14, 2004 in Culver City, California. Jeopardy Productions via Getty Images

1. "In fact, though trivia isn't necessarily faddish at the moment, it's still somehow omnipresent...It's such a familiar part of American life that we don't even notice it anymore, and yet there it always is. We live surrounded by trivia." ― from Jennings' 2007 book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

2. "The great thing about knowing stuff is that anyone can do it." ― from his 2014 book Greek Mythology

3. "If you never open a map until you're lost, you're missing out on all the fun."
from his 2012 book Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

4. "When you see people who are really good at game shows, the one common attribute is a cool head under pressure: an ability to perform as well in the studio, surrounded by lights and noise, as you do on your couch."― from a 2011 interview with Esquire

5. "After all, we're currently living in a bizarro society where teenagers are technology-obsessed, where the biggest sellers in every bookstore are fantasy novels about a boy wizard, and the blockbuster hit movies are all full of hobbits and elves or 1960s spandex superheroes. You don't have to go to a Star Trek convention to find geeks anymore. Today, almost everyone is an obsessive, well-informed aficionado of something."― from Brainiac

6. "During the whole Jeopardy! experience, I felt like I was living a bit of a double life, I would be secretly flying out to L.A. to tape new shows, hoping that none of my coworkers would notice the absence and figure out what was going on. Jeopardy tries very hard to keep their secrets."― from a 2006 interview with Talk of the Nation

7. "I hope Alex will be hosting "Jeopardy!" for a long time to come. It's impossible to even imagine the show with anyone else. But he's been doing one job so long, and so well, that I think we sometimes take him for granted. Let's make sure that we appreciate the man as long as we have him." ― from a 2019 New York Times essay about Jeopardy!'s longtime host Alex Trebek.

8. "Borders may divide us, but, paradoxically, they're also the places where we're nearest to one another." ― from his 2012 book Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

9. ''Being on the game [Jeopardy!] is so much fun, it hasn't really sunk in yet that there's a hefty check attached'.' ― from an 2004 interview with The New York Times.

10. "Pick your cult: there are food geeks and fashion geeks and Desperate Housewives geeks and David Mamet geeks and fantasy sports geeks. The list is endless. And since everyone today is some kind of trivia geek or other, there's not even a stigma anymore. Trivia is mainstream. 'Nerd' is the new 'cool.'" ― from Brainiac