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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #435

Published August 2, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”

A. George Custer

B. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C. Washington Irving

2. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

A. Sheldon Cooper

B. Albert Einstein

C. Charlie Brown

3. “Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.”

A. Kim Jong-un

B. The Association

C. Bette Midler

4. “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”

A. Mother Teresa

B. Mamma Cass

C. Grandma Moses

5. “When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.”

A. Herbert Hoover

B. Rick Perry

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

6. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

A. Kenny G

B. Kahlil Gibran

C. James Naismith

7. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

A. Helen Mirren

B. Helen of Troy

C. Helen Keller

8. “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

A. Coco Chanel

B. Alexander Haig

C. Boutros Butrous-Ghali

9. “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

A. John Oliver

B. Rose Kennedy

C. Pablo Picasso

10. “You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.”

A. Leon Trotsky

B. Lawrence Welk

C. Henry David Thoreau

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


“If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”

— Montesquieu, 1689-1755, was a French lawyer and political philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment.

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What’s Your Quotient Quotient? #428

Published June 5-7, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon your reason and your

judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.”

A. Pat Benatar

B. Douglas MacArthur

C. Kahlil Gibran

2. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”

A. Calvin and Hobbes

B. Peanuts

C. Romeo and Juliet

3. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Spiro Agnew

C. Patrick Henry

4. “Ah, my poor countrymen! Yankees and Dollars have such inextricable association that the words ought to rhyme.”

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Kramden

5. “Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors….Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Britney Spears

C. Albert Einstein

6. “There was a little girl,/  Who had a little curl,/  Right in the middle of her forehead./  When she was good,/  She was very good indeed,/  But when she was bad she was horrid.”

A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. John Oliver

C. Daddy Warbucks

7. “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Donald Trump

8. “Fire is the Sun unwinding from the tree’s log… When the log fire pop-sparks, it is letting go a very sunny day long ago, and doing so in a hurry.”

A. R. Buckminster Fuller

B. Galileo

C. Morley Safer

9. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

A. Walt Disney

B. Anais Nin

C. Harry S. Truman

10. “The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness.”

A. Victor Hugo

B. Serena Williams

C. Mahatma Gandhi

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


“We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.”

–François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, was a French author of maxims and memoirs.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #425

Published May 15-17, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


A. A.A. Milne

B. Walt Disney

C. George Orwell


2. “Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.”


A. Benjamin Disraeli

B. Jack Nicklaus

C. Whoopi Goldberg


3. “The success of a ghost story may be judged by its

thermometrical quality; if it sends a cold shiver

down one’s spine, it has done its job and done

it well.”


A. Edith Wharton

B. Beatrix Potter

C. Shirley Temple


4. “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”


A. Sigmund Freud

B. Philip K. Dick

C. Dwight Eisenhower


5. “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.”


A. George Noory

B. James Madison

C. Albert Einstein


6. “A sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth.”


A. Roman Polanski

B. Bernie Sanders

C. F. Scott Fitzgerald


7. “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”


A. John Kenneth Galbraith

B. Suze Orman

C. Nancy Reagan


8. “I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”


A. Bob Woodward

B. Harry S. Truman

C. Stephen Hawking


9. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations… The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.”


A. Winston Churchill

B. Roseanne Barr

C. Orville Wright


10. “Let us read and let us dance — two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.”


A. Mike Huckabee

B. Edgar Allan Poe

C. Voltaire



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



 “The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: ‘I do not know.'”

 –Andre Maurois, 1885-1967, was a French biographer, novelist and essayist.








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What’s Your QQ*? #418

(Published March 27, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


1. “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.”


A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Tom Bodett

C. Charles Kuralt


2. “Human beings can attain a worthy and harmonious life only if they are able to rid themselves, within the limits of human nature, of striving to fulfill wishes of the material kind.”


A. Sam Walton

B. Albert Einstein

C. Ted Cruz


3. “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”


A. Henry Kissinger

B. Marilyn Monroe

C. Dr. Ruth Westheimer


4. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”


A. Jimmy Stewart

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Jimi Hendrix


5. “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”


A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Nat King Cole

C. Oscar Wilde


6. “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”


A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Joseph Goebbels

C. Julie Andrews


7. “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.”


A. Grover Cleveland

B. Hillary Clinton

C. Susan B. Anthony


8. “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”


A. Oliver North

B. Oliver Hardy

C. Oliver Twist


9. “A photograph is not an accident—it is a concept. It exists at, or before, the moment of exposure of the negative.”


A. Ansel Adams

B. René Descartes

C. Mathew Brady


10. “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”


A. Ted Cruz

B. Leonardo da Vinci

C. Julia Child





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



 “We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” ― Robert Wilensky

 (Wilensky, 1951-2013, was a computer science professor at UC Berkeley.)









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