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What’s Your QQ*? #383

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 27, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A telescope will magnify a star a thousand times, but a good press agent can do even better.”

 

A. Fred Allen

B. Fred Astaire

C. Fred Flintstone

 

2. “Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.”

 

A. Will Rogers

B. Chris Christie

C. Aristotle

 

3. “I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.”

 

A. Sally Field

B. Jack Benny

C. Audie Murphy

 

4. “This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.”

 

A. Neville Chamberlain

B. Angie Dickinson

C. Winston Churchill

 

5. “Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.”

 

A. Mel Gibson

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Howard Hughes

 

6. “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”

 

A. Wayne Gretzky

B. Joan of Arc

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

7. “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown; for going out, I found, was really going in.”

 

A. John Muir

B. Rocky Balboa

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

8. “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

A. George Carlin

B. George Washington Carver

C. George Washington

 

9. “The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.”

 

A. Michele Bachmann

B. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

C. Joseph Stalin

 

10. “Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.”

 

A. Rosalynn Carter

B. Charles Dickens

C. Sharon Stone

 

 

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

 Television: “I didn’t ever dream it would be so good, the color and everything. It is beyond my expectations. But the programs! I would never let my children even come close to this thing!” – Vladimir Zworykin

 (Zworykin, 1889-1982, a Russian-born American electronic engineer and inventor, has been called the “Father of Television.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #382

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 20, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

 

A. Carl Rogers

B. Will Rogers

C. Roy Rogers

 

2. “The mind is the most capricious of insects – flitting, fluttering.”

 

A. Virginia Woolf

B. Claude Monet

C. Ted Danson

 

3. “One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”

 

A. Betty Ford

B. Francis Ford Coppola

C. Henry Ford

 

4. “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

 

A. Edward R. Murrow

B. Shari Lewis

C. Luciano Pavarotti

 

5. “Our fast-food culture has brainwashed us to believe that nature is dangerous and outside ourselves. The easiest and most beautiful way to reconnect with nature is to reconnect with our food sources.”

 

A. Alice Waters

B. Ronald McDonald

C. Louis Leakey

 

6. “Men do not suspect faults which they do not commit.”

 

A. Bob Hope

B. Samuel Johnson

C. Lionel Messi

 

7. “I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.”

 

A. Alexander the Great

B. Carnac the Magnificent

C. Cato the Elder

 

8. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

 

A. Rick Perry

B. William Shakespeare

C. F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

9. “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

 

A. Henny Youngman

B. Lindsay Lohan

C. Mahatma Gandhi

 

10. “I’ve always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals…. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?”

 

A. Tom Bodett

B. Anne Tyler

C. Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 “It is a consoling thought that gardens and their laws of birth and death endure, while political crises and panaceas appear only to vanish.” – Vida D. Scudder

 (Scudder, 1861-1954, was an American writer, educator and social reformer.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #381

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 13, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

 

A. Redd Foxx

B. Jane Fonda

C. George Will

 

2. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”

 

A. Pope John Paul II

B. Raymond Chandler

C. A. A. Milne

 

3. “The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”

 

A. Karl Marx

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Edward R. Murrow

 

4. “The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask.”

 

A. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

B. Lindsey Graham

C. Jim Carrey

 

5. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

 

A. Leonardo da Vinci

B. Jessica Simpson

C. Chiang Kai-shek

 

6. “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”

 

A. Confucius

B. Erle Stanley Gardner

C. Rudyard Kipling

 

7. “Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”

 

A. Harry Potter

B. Beatrix Potter

C. Henry F. Potter

 

8. “The war on privilege will never end. Its next great campaign will be against the privileges of the underprivileged.”        

 

A. H. L. Mencken

B. Warren G. Harding

C. Buddy Ebsen

 

9. “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”

 

A. Ulysses S. Grant

B. Prince Philip

C. Louis Pasteur

 

10. “Humanity i love you because/ when you’re hard up you pawn your/

   intelligence to buy a drink.”

 

A. Dean Martin

B. Omar Khayyam

C. E.E. Cummings

 

 

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

 “Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open arms into their misfortune?” – Elias Canetti

 (Canetti, 1905-1994, a Bulgarian-born writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #380

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 6, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

 

1. “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

 

A. LeBron James

B. Jesse James

C. Henry James

 

2. “The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas – complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse.”

 

A. George F. Kennan

B. Sandy Koufax

C. Francisco Goya

 

3. “Many times…during my twenty-three years of arctic exploration, I have thanked God for even a bite of raw dog.”

 

A. Katy Perry

B. Robert E. Peary

C. Rick Perry

 

4. “Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.”

 

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Adolf Hitler

C. Micky Dolenz

 

5. “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

 

A. Ozzy Osbourne

B. Julie Andrews

C. Friedrich Nietzsche

 

6. “I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.”

 

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Harry Houdini

C. Samuel L. Jackson

 

7. “A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.”

 

A. Harry Potter

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

C. Tom Bodett

 

8. “Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.”

 

A. Serena Williams

B. Charles M. Schulz

C. Rahm Emanuel

 

9. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-/ I took the one less traveled by,/ And that has made all the difference.”

 

A. Alexander Haig

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Robert Frost

 

10. “Ours was a Californian summer, and an earthquake was a far likelier accident than a shower of rain.”

 

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. Silvio Berlusconi

C. Charles Richter

 

 

 

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

 “It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.” – Andre Gide

 (Gide, 1869-1951, a French author, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947.)

 

 

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