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What’s Your QQ*? #388

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 31, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

 

A. Bill Cosby

B. Raymond Burr

C. David Carradine

 

2. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

 

A. Rutherford B. Hayes

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Justin Bieber

 

3. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

 

A. George Burns

B. Satchel Paige

C. Mark Twain

 

4. “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

 

A. Usain Bolt

B. Muhammad Ali

C. Orson Welles

 

5. “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

 

A. George Gershwin

B. Winston Churchill

C. Tiger Woods

 

6. “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

 

A. Joseph Stalin

B. Jodie Foster

C. Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

7. “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Ricky Ricardo

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

8. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

 

A. Albert Camus

B. Forrest Gump

C. Willy Wonka

 

9. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

 

A. Frank Sinatra

B. Chaz Bono

C. Ernest Hemingway

 

10. “Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.”

 

A. Ed Sullivan

B. Dorothy Parker

C. Fidel Castro

 

 

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

 

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” — Bill Dodds

 (Dodds is a poet and novelist for young readers.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #387

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 24, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

 

A. Dr. Benjamin Spock

B. Jackie Gleason

C. Mark Twain

 

2. “As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”

 

A. Rick Perry

B. Vincent Van Gogh

C. Michael DeBakey

 

3. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

 

A. Richard Nixon

B. Eric Clapton

C. Nelson Mandela

 

4. “When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale.”

 

A. Bill Clinton

B. Barack Obama

C. Ronald Reagan

 

 5. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

 

A. Ted Cruz

B. George Orwell

C. Ralph Nader

 

6. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

 

A. David Brinkley

B. Aristotle

C. Mick Jagger

 

7. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

 

A. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

B. George Washington

C. Timothy Leary

 

8. “The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

 

A. Bruno Mars

B. Lucille Ball

C. Juan Ponce de León

 

9. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

 

A. Audrey Hepburn

B. Wyatt Earp

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

10. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

 

A. Socrates

B. Eddie Munster

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

Answers: 1-C, 2-B , 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:

 

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/ Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” – William Congreve

(Congreve, 1670-1729, was an English poet and dramatist best known for his comic plays.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #386

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 17, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

 

A. Galileo Galilei

B. Arthur C. Clarke

C. Michael Bloomberg

 

2. “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”

 

A. Aldous Huxley

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Brian Williams

 

3. “You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

 

A. Elizabeth Taylor

B. Jennifer Lawrence

C. Lauren Bacall

 

4. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

 

A. George Blanda

B. Pelé

C. Bruce Lee

 

5. “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

 

A. Jiddu Krisnamurti

B. Nouri al-Maliki

C. Seth Myers

 

6. “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

 

A. Spiro Agnew

B. Kahlil Gibran

C. Will Rogers

 

7. “More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.”

 

A. Franklin D. Roosevelt

B. Napoleon Bonaparte

C. Lucille Ball

 

8. “There is one fault that I must find with the twentieth century,/ And I’ll put it in a couple of words: Too adventury./ What I’d like would be some nice dull monotony/ If anyone’s gotony.”

 

A. Edna St. Vincent Millay

B. Ogden Nash

C. Alfred Hitchcock

 

9. “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

 

A. Pat Sajak

B. Henry Kissinger

C. Bertrand Russell

 

10. “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

 

A. Ed Sullivan

B. Robin Williams

C. Bob Hope

 

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

 

“Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.” ― François La Rochefoucauld

 (La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, was a French writer known for his maxims and memoirs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ* #385

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 10, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

 

A. Clarence Thomas

B. Shirley MacLaine

C. Maya Angelou

 

2. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

 

A. Casey Kasem

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Edwin Hubble

 

3. “Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.”

 

A. Aristotle

B. Bernie Sanders

C. Benito Mussolini

 

4. “Driving that train, high on cocaine/ Casey Jones you’d better watch your speed/ Trouble ahead, trouble behind/ And you know that notion/  just crossed my mind.

 

A. Billy Joel

B. The O’Jays

C. Grateful Dead

 

5. “All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.”

 

A. Galileo Galilei

B. Joan Rivers

C. Adlai E. Stevenson

 

6. “We expect more of ourselves than we have any right to.”

 

A. LeBron James

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

C. William McKinley

 

7. “There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.”

 

A. Howard Stern

B. Washington Irving

C. Billy the Kid

 

8. “Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.”

 

A. Herbert Spencer

B. Dick Cheney

C. Jeffrey Dahmer

 

9. “The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I’d make all the same mistakes – only sooner.”

 

A. Rosalynn Carter

B. John Denver

C. Tallulah Bankhead

 

10. “[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.”

 

A. A.A. Milne

B. J. Edgar Hoover

C. Jon Stewart

 

 

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

 “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr

Niebuhr, 1892-1971, a theolo gian and social activist, authored the Serenity Prayer. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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