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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #461

Published February 7, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”

 

A. Socrates

B. Ken Kesey

C. Cosmo Kramer

 

2. “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”

 

A. Taylor Swift

B. Kim Jong-un

C. Robert E. Lee

 

3. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is/ To have a thankless child!”

 

A. William Shakespeare

B. Laura Ingalls Wilder

C. Carl Jung

 

4. “There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.”

 

A. Steven Avery

B. Hubert H. Humphrey

C. Timothy Leary

 

5. “That a lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies,/ That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright,/ But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.”

 

A. Lord Alfred Tennyson

B. Neil Diamond

C. Thomas Paine

 

6. “The Americans don’t really understand what’s going on in Bosnia. To them it’s the unspellables killing the unpronounceables.”

 

A. H. G. Wells

B. P. J. O’Rourke

C. O. J. Simpson

 

7. “They all wanted to adopt me in some way, and, for the price of their care and influence, have me resemble them.”

 

A. Bill Clinton

B. Sylvia Plath

C. Eddie Rickenbacker

 

8. “I am an invisible man…. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”

 

A. Harry Potter

B. Martin O’Malley

C. Ralph Ellison

 

9. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.”

 

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

B. Dr. Christiaan Barnard

C. Alan Greenspan

 

10. “We’re going to win on Sunday. I guarantee it.”

 

A. Vince Lombardi

B. Muhammad Ali

C. Joe Namath

 

 

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

“Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”

― Robert Orben, b. 1927, is an American comedy writer and magician, and wrote speeches for Gerald Ford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient?#460

Published January 31, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

 

A. Bob Hope

B. Elizabeth Warren

C. J. P. Morgan

 

2.  “Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.”

 

A. Peyton Manning

B. Norman Rockwell

C. Lillian Hellman

 

3. “Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

 

A. G. K. Chesterton

B. Chris Christie

C. Carol Burnett

 

4. “I looked around at the little fishes present and said, ‘I’m the Kingfish.'”

 

A. Martin Luther King

B. Huey Long

C. Donald Trump

 

5. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

 

A. Holden Caulfield

B. David Copperfield

C. Huckleberry Finn

 

6. “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.”

 

A. Alfred Hitchcock

B. Charlie Chaplin

C. Jerry Seinfeld

 

7. “One lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns …”

 

A. Mario Andretti

B. Mario Cuomo

C. Mario Puzo

 

8. “A little integrity is better than any career.”

 

A. Ralph Waldo Emerson

B. Bernie Madoff

C. Confucius

 

9. “Once you begin to take yourself seriously as a leader or as a follower, as a modern or as a conservative, then you become a self-conscious, biting, and scratching little animal whose work is not of the slightest value or importance to anybody.”

 

A. Georgia O’Keeffe

B. Virginia Woolf

C. Dakota Fanning

 

10. “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”

 

A. Art Carney

B. Dwight Eisenhower

C. Tom Lehrer

 

 

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

“My life is spent in perpetual alternation between two rhythms, the rhythm of attracting people for fear I may be lonely and the rhythm of trying to get rid of them because I know that I am bored.”

–C. E. M. Joad, 1891-1953, was a British philosopher, educator, and radio personality.

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #459

Published January 24, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “By doing good we become good; and I know no surer way to this end.”

 

A. H. G. Wells

B. Roger Ebert

C. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

2. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

 

A. Morley Safer

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. John McCain

 

3. “American men do not read novels because they feel guilty when they read books which do not have facts in them.”

 

A. Vidal Sassoon

B. Gore Vidal

C. Al Gore

 

4. “I pledge allegiance, to the Flag of the Divided States of America. And to the PACs, for which it stands, one Nation, at odds, divisible, with Liberty and Justice for some.”

 

A. Neil deGrasse Tyson

B. Ben Franklin

C. Donald Trump

 

5. “We’re overpaying him, but he’s worth it.”

 

A. Samuel Goldwyn

B. Joe Biden

C. Jean-Paul Sartre

 

6. “Husbands think we should know where everything is – like the uterus is a tracking device. He asks me, ‘Roseanne, do we have any Chee-tos left?’ Like he can’t go over to that sofa cushion and lift it up himself.”

 

A. Roseanne Roseannadanna

B. Marilyn Monroe

C. Roseanne Barr

 

7. “An elder statesman is somebody old enough to know his own mind and keep quiet about it.”

 

A. Bernie Sanders

B. Bernard Baruch

C. Jennifer Lawrence

 

8. “Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.”

 

A. Norman Cousins

B. Norman Bates

C. Norman Lear

 

9. “The longest journey/Is the journey inwards./ Of him who has chosen his destiny,/ Who has started upon his quest/ For the source of his being.”

 

A. Archie Bunker

B. Dag Hammarskjöld

C. Thomas Jefferson

 

10. “If I were punished for every pun I shed, there would not be left a puny shed of my punnish head.”

 

A. Sarah Palin

B. Stephen Hawking

C. Samuel Johnson

 

 

Answers: 1-C, 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:

“True love is like seeing ghosts; we all talk about it, but few of us have ever seen one.”

–François de La Rochefoucauld. 1613-1680, was a French author of maxims and memoirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MISATTRIBUTED WELL-KNOWN QUOTATIONS

My presentation at SkeptiCamp Monterey, January 2, hosted by the Monterey County Skeptics and the Humanists Association of the Monterey Bay Area.

SkeptiCamp Monterey 2016

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