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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #451

Published November 22, 2015 at (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


1. “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”

A. P. Diddy

B. R. Kelly

C. O. Henry

2. “I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.”

A. Reggie Jackson

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Doris Day

3. “An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.”

A. Dan Rather

B. William McKinley

C. Clayton Moore

4. “We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.”

A. Jane Goodall

B. Jane Eyre

C. Jane Seymour

5. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

A. Don Rickles

B. Henry Kissinger

C. Willie Nelson

6. “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

A. Jackie Gleason

B. Cornelius Vanderbilt

C. Theodore Roosevelt

7. “When I need a little free advice about Saddam Hussein, I turn to country music.”

A. Carrie Underwood

B. George H. W. Bush

C. Mark Twain

8. “If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”

A. Frank Zappa

B. Socrates

C. John Dewey

9. “Trust me, Greg, when you start having little Fockers running around, you’ll feel the need for this type of security.”

A. “Casablanca”

B. “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

C. “Meet the Parents”

10. “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”

A. Jon Stewart

B. Tony Stewart

C. Martha Stewart


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


“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”

— Irv Kupcinet, 1912-2003, was a newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient?#450

Published November 15, 2015 at (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


1. “A boy is, of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage.”


A. Drake

B. Plato

C. Cleopatra


2. “Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes along.”


A. Samuel Butler

B. Jack Benny

C. Antonio Stradivari


3. “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.”


A. Al Gore

B. Al Capone

C. Al Bundy


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


A. Thomas Edison

B. Galileo Galilei

C. John F. Kennedy


5. “All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.”


A. Charles Koch

B. William Henry Harrison

C. Warren Buffett


6. “Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward – your destiny – are here and now.”


A. Dag Hammarskjöld

B. Billy Graham

C. H. G. Wells


7. “Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one, or what is more probable, a very foolish one, if you, the people, are but true to yourselves and to the Constitution, there is but little harm I can do, thank God!”


A. Dick Cheney

B. Carly Fiorina

C. Abraham Lincoln


8. “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”


A. Charles Schulz

B. Hugh Jackman

C. Christopher Columbus


9. “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”


A. Dennis Mitchell

B. Will Rogers

C. Sir Isaac Newton

(Editor’s Note: Subsequent fact-checking indicates that Rogers was not the originator of this quote.)


10. “The reaction (to Sept. 11), what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His (Dick Cheney) seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East.”


A. George H. W. Bush

B. Jeb Bush

C. George W. Bush



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




“If I am ever stuck on a respirator or a life-support system, I definitely want to be unplugged — but not until I get down to a size eight.”

–Henriette Mantel, b. 1958, is an Emmy Award-winning American writer and director.









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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #449

Published November 8, 2015 at (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


1. “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”

A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. Howard Hughes

C. Antonio Banderas

2. “There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily…even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn’t write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn’t any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.”

A. Reince Priebus

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Josiah “Jed” Bartlet

3. “Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.”

A. Jane Austen

B. Jane Fonda

C. Jane Lynch

4. “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”

A. Bill Shoemaker

B. Bill Gates

C. Ronald Reagan

5. “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Hugh Laurie

C. Yogi Berra

6. “Indecision may or may not be my problem.”

A. Jimmy Buffett

B. George W. Bush

C. Vladimir Putin

7. “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking.. the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”

A. Harry S. Truman

B. Leonardo da Vinci

C. Albert Einstein

8. “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”

A. Pablo Picasso

B. George Carlin

C. Pope Francis

9. “Happy trails to you, until we meet again./ Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.”

A. Will Rogers and Wiley Post

B. Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely

C. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

10. “I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”

A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Adolf Hitler

C. Jimmy Carter


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


“We should look in society not for consensus, but for in eliminable and acceptable conflicts, and for rationally controlled hostilities, as the normal condition of mankind…Harmony and inner consensus come with death.”

–Stuart Hampshire, 1914-2004, was an Oxford University philosopher.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #447

Published October 25, 2015 at (Interactive version)

Special Halloween Edition

1. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

A. Pablo Picasso

B. H. P. Lovecraft

C. Jimmy Durante

2. “My candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.”

A. Mary Shelley

B. Marilyn Monroe

C. Fay Wray

3. “Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn’t even the star of his own Halloween special.”

A. Angela Merkel

B. Lincoln Chafee

C. Chris Rock

4. “The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”

A. Stephen Breyer

B. Stephen King

C. Stephen Hawking

5. “On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me.”

A. Harry S. Truman

B. Rodney Dangerfield

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

6. “A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.”

A. Erma Bombeck

B. Rachael Ray

C. Rudolph Nureyev

7. “Being in a band you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween every day.”

A. Gwen Stefani

B. Glenn Miller

C. Justin Trudeau

8. “Double, double toil and trouble;/ Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”

A. Joe Biden

B. Dr. Seuss

C. William Shakespeare

9. “But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. Because there are somethings you can’t go through in life and become friends, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

A. C.S. Lewis

B. J. K. Rowling

C. J. D. Salinger

10. “Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,/ Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

A. Calvin and Hobbes

B. Edgar Allan Poe

C. George Bernard Shaw


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


“Halloween wraps fear in innocence, as though it were a slightly sour sweet. Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…”

-Nicholas Gordon, b. 1940, is an American poet.

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