What’s Your QQ*? #365

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 23, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 

1. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

A. Jon Stewart

B. Charles Dickens

C. Leo Tolstoy

 

2. “So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating and destructive effect upon society than the others.”

A. Eleanor Roosevelt

B. Eleanor Rigby

C. Eleanor Clift

 

3. “We make our own fortunes and we call them fate.”

A. Austin Powers

B. Benjamin Disraeli

C. Oscar Hammerstein

 

4. “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

A. J. Edgar Hoover

B. George Washington

C. Albert Einstein

 

5. “The trouble with the rat race is even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

A. B. F. Skinner

B. Lily Tomlin

C. Sammy Davis Jr.

 

6. “Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man’s papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive.”

A. Jonas Salk

B. Paul Simon

C. Halle Berry

 

7. “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.”

A. Florence Henderson

B. Florence Griffith Joyner

C. Florence Nightingale

 

8. “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”

A. Lyndon Johnson

B. Barack Obama

C. Dwight Eisenhower

 

9. “Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.”

A. Benjamin Spock

B. Saul Alinsky

C. Roseanne Barr

 

10. “My candle burns at both ends;/ It will not last the night;/ But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends -/ it gives a lovely light.”

A. Edna St. Vincent Millay

B. Virginia Woolf

C. Elton John

 

 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

BONUS QUOTE:

 “When people ask me if I have any spare change, I tell them I have it at home in my spare wallet.” – Nick Arnette

 (Arnette is a comedian and inspirational speaker.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #364

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 16, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”

A. F. Lee Bailey

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. F. Murray Abraham

 

2. “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

A. John  F. Kennedy

B. Al Bundy

C. H. G. Wells

 

3. “The longing for certainty… is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.”

A. Eartha Kitt

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes

C. Ring Lardner

 

4. “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Franklin Roosevelt

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

5. “It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work – the night watchman.”

A. Bruce Willis

B. Tallulah Bankhead

C. Marie Antoinette

 

6. “Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop bam boom.”

A. Mick Jagger

B. Pat Boone

C. Little Richard

 

7. “Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.”

A. Leonardo da Vinci

B. Robin Thicke

C. Stephen King

 

8. “I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.”

A. George M. Cohan

B. Margaret Mead

C. Noah Webster

 

9. “A cult is a religion with no political power.”

A. Pope Francis

B. Laura Ingalls Wilder

C. Tom Wolfe

 

10. “As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space–it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.”

A. Hubert H. Humphrey

B. Louis XVI

C. Neil Armstrong

 

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

BONUS QUOTE:

 “There are people who not only strive to remain static themselves but strive to keep everything else so … their position is almost laughably hopeless.” – Odell Shepard

 (Shepard, 1884-1967, was an American professor, politician, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.)

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #363

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 9, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Pink

C. Margaret Mitchell

 

2. “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”

A. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

B. Mario Cuomo

C. Richard Nixon

 

3. “Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.”

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Salvador Dali

 

4. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

A. Jack Kerouac

B. Willard Scott

C. Bob Dylan

 

5. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

A. Earvin “Magic” Johnson

B. Lyndon Johnson

C. Samuel Johnson

 

6. “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Nat King Cole

C. Calvin Coolidge

 

7. “Show me a good and gracious loser and I will show you a failure.”

A. John Wooden

B. Knute Rockne

C. Charlie Chaplin

 

8. “[It is] forbidden to ever make peace with a monarch, a prince or a people who have not submitted.”

A. Genghis Khan

B. Robert E. Lee

C. Barack Obama

 

9. “The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby.”

A. Natalie Wood

B. William McKinley

C. Princess Diana

 

10. “Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Aldous Huxley

C. Ellen DeGeneres

 

Answers: 1-C, 2-B , 3-A , 4-C , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 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 important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”

- Joseph Addison

 (Addison, 1672-1719, was an English politician and writer.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #362

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 2, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “’Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’

A. Lewis Carroll

B. Stephen King

C. Maurice Sendak

 

2. “I often covered more than a hundred sheets of paper with drafts, revisions, rewritings, ravings, doodlings, and intensely concentrated work to construct a single verse.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Elton John

C. Dylan Thomas

 

3. “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

A. Jules Verne

B. Herman Melville

C. John Kerry

 

4. “The meaning of life is that it stops.”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Franz Kafka

C. Simon Cowell

 

5. “The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

A. John Lennon

B. John Hancock

C. John Stuart Mill

 

6. “Man is by nature a political animal.”

A. Nancy Pelosi

B. Aristotle

C. Charlie Sheen

 

7. “Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.”

A. E.B. White

B. Barry White

C. Perry White

 

8. “Money-giving is a very good criterion of a person’s mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.”

A. Jack Benny

B. Andrew Carnegie

C. Dr. Karl Menninger

 

9. “I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn’t like.”

A. Johnny Carson

B. Will Rogers

C. George Carlin

 

10. “O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;/ The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won.”

A. Mark Twain

B. Mr. Spock

C. Walt Whitman

 

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

 

“One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.” – Paul Bourget

(Bourget, 1852-1935, was a French novelist and critic.)

 

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