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What’s Your QQ*? #395

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published October 19, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

 

A. Pete Seeger

B. Abraham Maslow

C. Gerald Ford

 

2. “Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.”

 

A. Dick Cheney

B. Gene Autry

C. A. Philip Randolph

 

3. “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”

 

A. John McCain

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Peyton Manning

 

4. “Life is a disease; and the only difference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives”

 

A. George Takei

B. George Washington

C. George Bernard Shaw

 

5. “’Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”

 

A. Colonel Sanders

B. Rachael Ray

C. William Shakespeare

 

6. “We do not talk – we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.”

 

A. George Will

B. Henry Miller

C. Thomas Paine

 

7. “There are more criminals out of jail than in jail, the only difference is that the majority of those who are out, are such skillful criminals that they know how to keep themselves out.”
A. Marcus Garvey

B. Mandy Patinkin

C. J.P. Morgan

 

8. “She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.”

 

A. Pamela Anderson

B. Maria Callas

C. Groucho Marx

 

9. “No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.”

 

A. Horace

B. Robert Frost

C. Dean Martin

 

10. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

 

A. Henry van Dyke

B. Dick Van Dyke

C. Jerry Van Dyke

 

 

 

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

 

“Love and time, those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.”  ― Gary Jennings

 (Jennings, 1928-1999, was an American author of adult and children’s books.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #394

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published October 12, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Everything is changing; people are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”

 

A. Will Rogers

B. Al Franken

C. Rick Perry

 

2. “It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”

 

A. Barbara Kingsolver

B. Bing Crosby

C. Genghis Khan

 

3. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

 

A. John McEnroe

B. J.K. Rowling

C. Woodrow Wilson

 

4. “If life is a bowl of cherries what am I doing in the pits?”

 

A. Fyodor Dostoevsky

B. A. J. Foyt

C. Erma Bombeck

 

5. “Do you know what the greatest test is? Do you still get excited about what you do when you get up in the morning?”

 

A. David Bowie

B. David Halberstam

C. David Copperfield

 

6. “It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.”

 

A. Jimmy Swaggart

B. Mona Lisa

C. Margaret Mead

 

7. “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.”

 

A. Pearl S. Buck

B. Lady Gaga

C. John Wayne

 

8. “The good thing about writing fiction is that you can get back at people. I’ve gotten back at lawyers, prosecutors, judges, law professors, and politicians. I just line ’em up and shoot ’em.”

 

A. John Grisham

B. Bugsy Siegel

C. Jack London

 

9. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

 

A. King Midas

B. Ron Paul

C. J.R.R. Tolkien

 

10. “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”

 

A. John Kerry

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Nobody

 

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

“Our whole life is an attempt to discover when our spontaneity is whimsical, sentimental irresponsibility and when it is a valid expression of our deepest desires and values.” – Helen Merrell Lynd

 (Lynd, 1896-1982, was an American sociologist and educator.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #393

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published October 5, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”

 

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. John-Boy Walton

C. Buddy Hackett

 

2. “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”

 

A. Eric Hoffer

B. Mel Brooks

C. Wes Craven

 

3. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

 

A. Dick Cheney

B. Julie Andrews

C. Abraham Lincoln

 

4. “I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I was not poor, I was needy. They told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived. Then they told me underprivileged was overused, I was disadvantaged. I still do not have a dime, but I have a great vocabulary.”

 

A. George Will

B. Jules Feiffer

C. John D. Rockefeller

 

5. “Nothing is more revealing than movement.”

 

A. Martha Stewart

B. Martha Graham

C. Martha Washington

 

6. “Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.”

 

A. Annie Oakley

B. Sarah Palin

C. George Santayana

 

7. “There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.”

 

A. Billy Ray Cyrus

B. Agatha Christie

C. Amelia Earhart

 

8. “An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.”

 

A. Walter Winchell

B. Dorothy Gale

C. Rodney Dangerfield

 

9. “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible.”

 

A. Barbara Tuchman

B. Barbara Boxer

C. Barbra Streisand

 

10. “If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.”

 

A. Conan O’Brien

B. Cujo

C. Adlai Stevenson

 

 

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

 “O SUNS and skies and clouds of June/ And flowers of June together,/ Ye cannot rival for one hour/ October’s bright blue weather.”  –Helen Hunt Jackson

 (Jackson, 1830-1885, an American author and poet, wrote the novel “Ramona.”)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #392

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published September 28, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

 

A. Ellen DeGeneres

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Bashar al-Assad

 

2. “Fame is a fickle food/ Upon a shifting plate.”

 

A. John Edwards

B. Ryan Seacrest

C. Emily Dickinson

 

3. “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

 

A. H.L. Mencken

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Lindsey Graham

 

4. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. ”

 

A. Richard Nixon

B. Thurston Howell III

C. Vince Lombardi

 

 5. “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

 

A. Anthony Weiner

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. Jillian Michaels

 

6. “When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”

 

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. George Lopez

C. George Zimmerman

 

7. “Music begins to atrophy when it gets too far from the dance…poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.”

 

A. William Shakespeare

B. John Goodman

C. Ezra Pound

 

8. “Poems are made by fools like me,/ But only God can make a tree.”

 

A. Joyce Kilmer

B. Joyce Brothers

C. James Joyce

 

9. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Angelo Di Girolamo

C. Rand Paul

 

10. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

 

A. Timothy Leary

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

C. Nikita Khrushchev

 

 

Answers: 1-B, 2-C , 3-A , 4-C , 5-B , 6-A , 7-C , 8-A , 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 college was not founded to give society what it wants.  Quite the contrary.”  — May Sarton

 (Sarton, 1912-1855, was an American poet, novelist and memoirist.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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