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What’s Your QQ*? #390

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published September 14, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.”

 

A. Matt Lauer

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Barack Obama

 

2. “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

 

A. Albert Einstein

B. Mary Tyler Moore

C. Martin Luther King

 

3. “Do you know what I love most about baseball? The pine tar, the resin, the grass, the dirt. And that’s just in the hot dogs.”

 

A. Yogi Berra

B. Oscar Mayer

C. David Letterman

 

4. “The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war.”

 

A. John F. Kennedy

B. George W. Bush

C. Rachel Maddow

 

5. “Before publishers’ blurbs were invented, authors had to make their reputations by writing.”

 

A. John Steinbeck

B. Mark Twain

C. Laurence J. Peter

 

6. “Life is the sum of all your choices.”

 

A. Albert Camus

B. Yoda

C. Meryl Streep

 

7. “I told my psychiatrist I got suicidal tendencies. He said from now on I have to pay in advance.”

 

A. Judge Judy

B. Rodney Dangerfield

C. Billy Graham

 

8. “What a commentary on our civilization, when being alone is considered suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it—like a secret vice!”

 

A. Anne Boleyn

B. Anne of Green Gables

C. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

9. “An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Victor Hugo

C. Archie Bunker

 

10. “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

 

A. Nancy Pelosi

B. Joan Rivers

C. Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “I passed a mirror recently and saw my mother there./ She seemed surprised to see me. I’d caught her unaware./ But there’s no mistake about it. The dewlaps and graying hair/ Are so familiar to me I’d know them anywhere.” — Genevieve Smith Whitford

 (Whitford, 1915-2011, was a poet and the mother of actor Bradley Whitford.)

 

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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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What’s Your QQ*? #377

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 15, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse.”

A. Prince Charles

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Homer Simpson

 

2. “Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

A. John Adams

B. Douglas Adams

C. Ansel Adams

 

3. “I have found little that is ‘good’ about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.”

A. Sigmund Freud

B. John McCain

C. Kathie Lee Gifford

 

4. “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”

A. Martin Scorsese

B. Eddie Haskell

C. Dag Hammarskjold

 

5. “Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.”

A. Eric Holder

B. Bowe Bergdahl

C. Edward R. Murrow

 

6. “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

A. Franklin D. Roosevelt

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Betty White

 

7. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

A. Alfred Hitchcock

B. Albert Einstein

C. Margaret Thatcher

 

8. “Go ahead, make my day.”

A. Harry Callahan

B. Arnold Schwarzenegger

C. Clint Eastwood

 

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

A. Leonardo da Vinci

B. Barack Obama

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

10. “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

A. Mark Zuckerberg

B. Mark Twain

C. Mark McGwire

 

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

 “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.” ~Enid Bagnold

 (Bagnold, 1889-1981, a British author and playwright, wrote “National Velvet.”)

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #371

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 4, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

A. Ulysses S. Grant

B. Ringo Starr

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

2. “Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.”

A. Donald Trump

B. The Buddha

C. Simon Cowell

 

3. “For certain people after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.”

A. Gore Vidal

B. Hieronymus Bosch

C. Hugh Hefner

 

4. “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the wickedest of men will do the wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

A. John Maynard Keynes

B. Karl Marx

C. Lesley Stahl

 

 

5. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

A. Bruce Springsteen

B. Victor Borge

C. Mickhail Gorbachev

 

6. “Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual without the nourishing soil of the community.”

A. Ferdinand Magellan

B. Bob Dylan

C. Albert Einstein

 

7. “There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

A. Donald Sterling

B. Norman Mailer

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

8. “Men travel faster now, but I do not know if they go to better things.”

A. Han Solo

B. Willa Cather

C. Oscar Pistorius

 

9. “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”

A. Marcus Aurelius

B. Holden Caulfield

C. Tiger Woods

 

10. “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

A. Thomas Aquinas

B. Rick Santorum

C. H.L. Mencken

 

 

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

 “Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.” – Edward Thorndike

 (Thorndike, 1874-1949, was an American psychologist and educator.)

 

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