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What’s Your QQ*? #407

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published January 11, 2015 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves—say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

 

A. Victor Hugo

B. Mike Tyson

C. Michael Jackson

 

2. “Money, says the proverb, makes money. When you have a little, it is often easier to get more. The great difficulty is to get that little.”

 

A. Adam Carolla

B. Adam Smith

C. Eve Arden

 

3. “Men have been barbarians much longer than they have been civilized. They are only precariously civilized, and within us there is the propensity, persistent as the force of gravity, to revert under stress and strain, under neglect or temptation, to our first natures.”

 

A. Walter Lippmann

B. George W. Bush

C. Bobby Fischer

 

4. “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”

 

A. W. C. Fields

B. Rutherford B. Hayes

C. Richard M. Nixon

 

5. “If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.”

 

A. Hillary Clinton

B. Mahatma Gandhi

C. Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

6. “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

 

A. Francisco  Franco

B. Charles Dickens

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

7. “The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.”

 

A. Erich Fromm

B. Rod Serling

C. Ellen DeGeneres

 

8. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

 

A. Louis Armstrong

B. Winston Churchill

C. Laurence Olivier

 

9. “No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”

 

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Ed Sullivan

C. Larry King

 

10. “What terrifies religious extremists like the Taliban are not American tanks or bombs or bullets, it’s a girl with a book.”

 

A. Karl Marx

B. Malala Yousafzai

C. Chuck Schumer

 

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ― Corrie ten Boom

 (Ten Boom, 1892-1983, a Dutch Christian, was imprisoned during WWII for helping hundreds of Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #386

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 17, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

 

A. Galileo Galilei

B. Arthur C. Clarke

C. Michael Bloomberg

 

2. “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”

 

A. Aldous Huxley

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Brian Williams

 

3. “You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

 

A. Elizabeth Taylor

B. Jennifer Lawrence

C. Lauren Bacall

 

4. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

 

A. George Blanda

B. Pelé

C. Bruce Lee

 

5. “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

 

A. Jiddu Krisnamurti

B. Nouri al-Maliki

C. Seth Myers

 

6. “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

 

A. Spiro Agnew

B. Kahlil Gibran

C. Will Rogers

 

7. “More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.”

 

A. Franklin D. Roosevelt

B. Napoleon Bonaparte

C. Lucille Ball

 

8. “There is one fault that I must find with the twentieth century,/ And I’ll put it in a couple of words: Too adventury./ What I’d like would be some nice dull monotony/ If anyone’s gotony.”

 

A. Edna St. Vincent Millay

B. Ogden Nash

C. Alfred Hitchcock

 

9. “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

 

A. Pat Sajak

B. Henry Kissinger

C. Bertrand Russell

 

10. “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

 

A. Ed Sullivan

B. Robin Williams

C. Bob Hope

 

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

 

“Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.” ― François La Rochefoucauld

 (La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, was a French writer known for his maxims and memoirs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #380

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 6, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

 

1. “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

 

A. LeBron James

B. Jesse James

C. Henry James

 

2. “The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas – complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse.”

 

A. George F. Kennan

B. Sandy Koufax

C. Francisco Goya

 

3. “Many times…during my twenty-three years of arctic exploration, I have thanked God for even a bite of raw dog.”

 

A. Katy Perry

B. Robert E. Peary

C. Rick Perry

 

4. “Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.”

 

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Adolf Hitler

C. Micky Dolenz

 

5. “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

 

A. Ozzy Osbourne

B. Julie Andrews

C. Friedrich Nietzsche

 

6. “I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.”

 

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Harry Houdini

C. Samuel L. Jackson

 

7. “A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.”

 

A. Harry Potter

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

C. Tom Bodett

 

8. “Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.”

 

A. Serena Williams

B. Charles M. Schulz

C. Rahm Emanuel

 

9. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-/ I took the one less traveled by,/ And that has made all the difference.”

 

A. Alexander Haig

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Robert Frost

 

10. “Ours was a Californian summer, and an earthquake was a far likelier accident than a shower of rain.”

 

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. Silvio Berlusconi

C. Charles Richter

 

 

 

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

 “It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.” – Andre Gide

 (Gide, 1869-1951, a French author, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #378

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 22, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “If your train’s on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Bernard Malamud

C. Casey Jones

 

2. “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Auguste Rodin

C. Henry Kissinger

 

3. “Quoth the Raven ‘Nevermore.’”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Edgar Cayce

C. Edgar Degas

 

4. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

A. Lex Luthor

B. Mark Twain

C. Andrew Jackson

 

5. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

A. Rube Goldberg

B. William Randolph Hearst

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

6. “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

A. David Gregory

B. Noam Chomsky

C. Lucille Ball

 

7. “Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.”

A. Katharine Hepburn

B. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

C. Drew Barrymore

 

8. “What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?”

A. Boz Scaggs

B. Neil deGrasse Tyson

C. George Carlin

 

9. “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.”

A. Frank Gore

B. Al Gore

C. Lesley Gore

 

10. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Casey Kasem

C. George Washington

 

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

 “One can judge a civilization by the way it treats its women.” – Helen Foster Snow

(Snow, 1907-1997, was an American journalist who lived and reported from China in the turbulent 1930s.)

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