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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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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*? #348

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published November 24, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Bob Barker

C. Mick Jagger

 

2. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

 A. Benjamin Disraeli

B. Rob Klevan

C. W. Somerset Maugham

 

3. “Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in…. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all.”

A. Jane Austen

B. Pope Benedict XVI

C. Oprah Winfrey

 

4. “Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.”

 A. Johannes Gutenberg

B. Mark Zuckerberg

C. Louisa May Alcott

 

5. “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

A. Albert King

B. Fat Albert

C. Albert Einstein

 

6. “The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.”

 A. H.G. Wells

B. Eckhart Tolle

C. Harry Reid

 

7. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

A. George Santayana

B. Bill Murray

C. Abraham Zapruder

   

8. “Mine eyes have seen the glory/ of the coming of the Lord;/  he is trampling out the vintage/ where the grapes of wrath are stored.”

A. Tom Joad

B. Julia Ward Howe

C. The Old Testament

 

9. “There was an Old Man with a beard,/ Who said, “It is just as I feared!—/ Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,/ Have all built their nests in my beard.”

A. Norman Lear

B. Edward Lear

C. King Lear

 

10. “Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

A. Richard Roeper

B. Bing Crosby

C. Doris Day

 

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

 “Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.”  – Robert Brault

 (Brault is an American free-lance writer.)

 

 

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