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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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What’s Your QQ*? #327

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published June 30, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 1. “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”

A. Russell Brand

B. Bertrand Russell

C. Bill Russell

2. “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’”

A. Katy Perry

B. Erich Fromm

C. Sigmund Freud

3. “He without benefit of scruples/ His fun and money soon quadruples.”

A. Ogden Nash

B. Emily Dickinson

C. Jamie Dimon

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

A. Dianne Feinstein

B. Luana Conley

C. Albert Einstein

5. “It is part of prudence to thank an author for his book before reading it, so as to avoid the necessity of lying about it afterwards.”

A. Charlie Rose

B. George Santayana

C. Benjamin Franklin

6. “Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone.”

A. H.L. Mencken

B. Pope Benedict XVI

C. Serena Williams

7. “Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself.”

A. Sarah Palin

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Roseanne Barr

8. “Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.”

A. Wynton Marsalis

B. James Gandolfini

C. George Bernard Shaw

9. “Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other.”

A. Robert De Niro

B. Robert Benchley

C. Robert Reich

10. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

A. Ronald Reagan

B. Nik Wallenda

C. Charles Darwin

Answers 

1-B 2-B 3-A 4-C 5-B 6-A 7-C 8-C 9-B 10-A

Scoring

10 — QQQQ = Quote-Master

8-9 — QQQ = Scholar

6-7 — QQ = Literate

4-5 — Q = Semi-Literate

0-3 — No Q = Quote-Dunce

Bonus Quote:

“To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problems of contentment.” — George E. Woodberry

(Woodberry, 1855-1930, was an American literary critic and poet.)

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What’s Your QQ*? #317

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published April 21, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”   

A. Audie Murphy

B. Walt Whitman

C. Winston Churchill

2. “Unless the cause of peace based on law gathers behind it the force and zeal of a religion, it hardly can hope to succeed.”

A. Albert Einstein

B. Bo Diddley

C. Arnold Schwarzenegger 

3. “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

A. Louis C.K.

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Mary Shelley

4. “Why, look at me. I’ve worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.”

A. Groucho Marx

B. Mother Teresa

C. Mark Cuban

5. “Of all the trees that grow so fair Old England to adorn, /Greater are none beneath the Sun/ Than Oak, and Ash and Thorn.”

A. Ogden Nash

B. Dizzy Dean

C. Rudyard Kipling

6. “I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.”

A. Chuck Hagel

B. Willa Cather

C. Arlo Guthrie

7. “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters — one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”  

A. John F. Kennedy

B. Mao Tse-tung

C. Julia Roberts

8. “Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

A. Art Linkletter

B. Vincent van Gogh

C. Oscar Wilde

9.”‘Tis not the dying for a faith that’s so hard… ‘Tis the living up to it that’s difficult.”  

A. Lindsay Lohan

B. William Thackeray

C. Jimmy Swaggart

10. “Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!”

 A. Horace

B. Prince

C. Diogenes

 

 

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

 “Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.” –Charles Caleb Colton

 (Colton, 1780-1832, was an English clergyman and author.)

 

 

 

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