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What’s Your QQ*? #403

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published December 14, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.”

 

A. Charlie Chaplin

B. Charlie Rose

C. Charlie Brown

 

2. “My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.”

 

A. Aristotle

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. Roy Rogers

 

3. “Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.”

 

A. H. L. Mencken

B. Fred Astaire

C. Boris Pasternak

 

4. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

 

A. Conan O’Brien

B. Hermione Granger

C. Helen Keller

 

5. “The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”

 

A. Marcus Welby

B. Frank Lloyd Wright

C. Michelangelo

 

6. “Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there.”

 

A. Mary Tyler Moore

B. Jackie Kennedy Onassis

C. Clare Boothe Luce

 

7. “The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.”

 

A. Tom Wolfe

B. Tom Hanks

C. Tom Arnold

 

8. “Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.”

 

A. Stan Getz

B. Jesse Jackson

C. Matt Lauer

 

9. “Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

 

A. “Goodnight Moon”

B. “The Honeymooners”

C. “Romeo and Juliet”

 

10. “It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.”

 

A. David Rockefeller

B. Plutarch

C. Jeb Bush

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-B , 3-A , 4-C , 5-B , 6-C , 7-A , 8-B , 9-C , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.” ― John Erskine

 (Erskine, 1879-1951, was an American educator, musician, and author.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #402

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published December 7, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

 

A. Henry Cabot Lodge

B. Anne Frank

C. Gwyneth Paltrow

 

2. “One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Andrew Lloyd Webber

C. Garfield

 

3. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

 

A. Jimmy Hoffa

B. Whoopi Goldberg

C. Stephen R. Covey

 

4. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

 

A. Sam Malone

B. James Cagney

C. Humphrey Bogart

 

5. “Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment.”

 

A. Henry Steele Commager

B. Dana Carvey

C. Will Rogers

 

6. “One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.”

 

A. Elizabeth Taylor

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

7. “I’m not overweight. I’m just nine inches too short.”

 

A. Wilt Chamberlain

B. Shelley Winters

C. Orson Welles

 

8. “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.”

 

A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Chuck Todd

C. Alexis de Tocqueville

 

9. “Language, — human language, — after all is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature, — sometimes not so adequate.”

 

A. Nathaniel Hawthorne

B. Mikhail Baryshnikov

C. William Shakespeare

 

10. “Life consists of what man is thinking about all day.”

 

A. Ralph Malph

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Nader

 

 

 Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-C , 4-C , 5-A , 6-C , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.”  – Edward Fitzgerald

 (Fitzgerald, 1809-1883, was an English poet best known for his translation of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #401

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 30, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A child should always say what’s true,/ And speak when he is spoken to,/ And behave mannerly at table;/ At least as far as he is able.”

 

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. W. C. Fields

C. Dr. Seuss

 

2. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.”

 

A. Angelina Jolie

B. Manuel Noriega

C. Phyllis Diller

 

3. “I hate being placed on committees. They are always having meetings at which half are absent and the rest late.”

 

A. Dilbert

B. Harry Belafonte

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

4. “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Joyce Kilmer

C. Cyrus McCormick

 

5. “There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind, that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.”

 

A. Larry King

B. Michel de Montaigne

C. Rosie O’Donnell

 

6. “Words can be deceitful, but pantomime necessarily is simple, clear and direct.”

 

A. Teller

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Erica Jong

 

7. “Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio.”

 

A. Thomas Malthus

B. Isaac Newton

C. Garrison Keillor

 

8. “Because of their age-long training in human relations — for that is what feminine intuition really is — women have a special contribution to make to any group enterprise.”

 

A. Agatha Christie

B. Bill Murray

C. Margaret Mead

 

9. “A man’s maturity–consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.”

 

A. James Buchanan

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Macaulay Culkin

 

10. “I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.”

 

A. John Oliver

B. John Quincy Adams

C. John F. Kennedy

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-C , 4-A , 5-B , 6-B , 7-A , 8-C , 9-B , 10-C

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.” – George Jean Nathan

 (Nathan, 1882-1958, was the leading American drama critic of his time.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #400

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 23, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.”

 

A. Cicero

B. Vladimir Putin

C. Michael Jackson

 

2. “The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.”

 

A. Charlie Chaplin

B. Harry Houdini

C. Horace Greeley

 

3. “Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.”

 

A. Jules Verne

B. Buckminster Fuller

C. Alf Landon

 

4. “New ideas are one of the most overrated concepts of our time. Most of the important ideas that we live with aren’t new at all.”

 

A. Andy Williams

B. Andy Kaufman

C. Andy Rooney

 

5. “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.”

 

A. Alan Dershowitz

B. Groucho Marx

C. Aaron Copeland

 

6. “A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.”

 

A. Khalil Gibran

B. Jeff Foxworthy

C. Lewis Carroll

 

7. “[A ghost story] must depend for its effect solely on what one might call its thermometrical quality; if it sends a cold shiver down one’s spine, it has done its job and done it well.”

 

A. Charles Dickens

B. Edith Wharton

C. Adlai Stevenson

 

8. “I am at two with nature.”

 

A. Woody Allen

B. John Muir

C. Mario Andretti

 

9. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

 

A. Timothy Leary

B. Neil Armstrong

C. Rudyard Kipling

 

10. “I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game. Its a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.”

 

A. Craig Ferguson

B. Humphrey Bogart

C. Frank Gifford

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-B , 4-C , 5-B , 6-A , 7-B , 8-A , 9-C , 10-A

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

 (Van Amburgh, 1866-1944, was an American writer of inspirational articles and books.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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