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What’s Your QQ*? #397

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 2, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

 

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Charlton Heston

C. Jimmy Carter

 

2. “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

 

A. Gustav Mahler

B. Michael Jordan

C. Thomas Edison

 

3. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

 

A. Art Garfunkel

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Al Gore

 

4. “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Barbara Walters

C. Sanjay Gupta

 

5. “Come away, O human child!/ To the waters and the wild/ With a faery, hand in hand,/ For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”

 

A. W. B. Yeats

B. Maya Angelou

C. Lewis Carroll

 

6. “What’s done to children, they will do to society.”

 

A. Art Linkletter

B. Marie Antoinette

C. Karl A. Menninger

 

7. “Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn’t filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.”

 

A. Naomi Klein

B. Franklin D. Roosevelt

C. Neil Simon

 

8. “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”

 

A. Fiorello LaGuardia

B. Erma Bombeck

C. Imelda Marcos

 

9. “Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.”

 

A. Benjamin Harrison

B. Benjamin Netanyahu

C. Benjamin Disraeli

 

10. “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.”

 

A. Chris Christie

B. Otto von Bismarck

C. Mariah Carey

 

 

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

 “In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”  ― David Foster Wallace

 (Wallace, 1962-2008, was an American writer, best known for his novel “Infinite Jest.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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What’s Your QQ*? #389

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published September 7, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.”

 

A. Margaret Thatcher

B. Jerry Brown

C. Mark Twain

 

2. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

 

A. Judy Garland

B. Frank Sinatra Jr.

C. Kim Jong-un

 

3. “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

 

A. John Stuart Mill

B. Jon Stewart

C. Martha Stewart

 

4. “Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”

 

A. Oprah Winfrey

B. W.C. Fields

C. Jacques Cousteau

 

5. “The poor object to being governed badly, while the rich object to being governed at all.”

 

A. Snoop Dogg

B. Charles Koch

C. G.K. Chesterton

 

6. “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

 

A. Mark Zuckerberg

B. Socrates

C. Cliff Claven

 

7. “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

 

A. Smokey Bear

B. Bruce Springsteen

C. Jim Morrison

 

8. “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received.”

 

A. Albert Einstein

B. John Wayne

C. Chris Christie

 

9. “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

 

A. Roseanne Barr

B. Ingrid Bergman

C. Gene Simmons

 

10. “Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.”

 

A. Dalai Lama

B. Salvador Dalí

C. Dolly Parton

 

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.”   ― D. Elton Trueblood

 (Trueblood, 1900-1994, was an American Quaker author, educator, and theologian.)

 

 

 

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