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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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What’s Your QQ*? #374

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 25, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

A. Norman Schwarzkopf

B. Betty White

C. Dick Cheney

 

2. “I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”

A. David Hasselhoff

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. W. C. Fields

 

3. “One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.”

A. Donald Sterling

B. Gomer Pyle

C. James Earl Jones

 

4. “The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

A. Forrest Gump

B. Bertrand Russell

C. Stephen Hawking

 

5. “Turn on, tune in, drop out.”

A. “Squeaky” Fromme

B. Timothy Leary

C. Casey Kasem

 

6. “There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.”

A. Rod Serling

B. Alfred Hitchcock

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

7. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have already chosen the side of the oppressor.”

A. Vladimir Putin

B. Desmond Tutu

C. Jeb Bush

 

8. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Lauren

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

9. “Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows -and china.”

A. Charles Dickens

B. Mao Zedong

C. Adam Sandler

 

10. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Nathan Hale

C. Paul Revere

 

 

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

 “Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce

 (Bryce, 1838-1922, was a British historian, politician. and ambassador to the United States.)

 

 

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