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What’s Your QQ*? #401

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 23, 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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What’s Your QQ*? #399

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 16, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.”

 

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Harpo Marx

C. Mitch Albom

 

2. “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”

 

A. Ernest Borgnine

B. Frank & Ernest

C. Ernest Hemingway

 

3. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

 

A. Winston Churchill

B. Bill Clinton

C. Ray Magliozzi

 

4. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

 

A. Bill Maher

B. Mother Teresa

C. Barack Obama

 

5. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Pat Robertson

C. Jimmy Carter

 

6. “I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.”

 

A. Mitch McConnell

B. Natalie Maines

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

7. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

 

A. Napoleon Hill

B. Napoleon Dynamite

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

8. “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

 

A. Henry Kissinger

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Genghis Khan

 

9. “Everything you can imagine is real.”

 

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Carl Jung

C. Woodrow Wilson

 

10. “When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, your’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.”

 

A. Patrick Henry

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Perry Mason

 

 

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

 “People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman

 (Gaiman, b. 1960, is an English author in various genres.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #398

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 9, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones”

 

A. Renée Zellweger

B. John Lennon

C. Christopher Columbus

 

2. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

 

A. Thurgood Marshall

B. Stephen Colbert

C. Aristotle

 

3. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

 

A. Count Basie

B. Arthur Fonzarelli

C. Albert Einstein

 

4. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

 

A. Plato

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Edmund Hillary

 

5. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  

 

A. Betsy Ross

B. Winston Churchill

C. Vincent Van Gogh

 

6. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

 

A. Margaret Sanger

B. Margaret Mitchell

C. Margaret Thatcher

 

7. “I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

 

A. James K. Polk

B. Donald Trump

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

8. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

 

A. John Maynard Keynes

B. Bill Nye

C. Orville Redenbacher

 

9. “She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to.”

 

A. Gypsy Rose Lee

B. Matthew McConaughey

C. Madison Bumgarner

 

10. “The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.”

 

A. Jerry Brown

B. Napoleon Bonaparte

C. Andy Warhol

 

 

 

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

 

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

 (Furtick, b. 1980, is a North Carolina pastor and author.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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