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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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What’s Your QQ*? #345

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published November 3, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”

A. Chris Rock

B. John Muir

C. Harry Houdini

2. “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

A. Jacques Cousteau

B. Sandra Bullock

C. Bertrand Russell

3. “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

A. Bill Clinton

B. Barack Obama

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

4. “I make all my decisions on intuition. I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. Then I must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect.”

A. Ingmar Bergman

B. Tarzan

C. Henry David Thoreau

5. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

A. Helen Hunt

B. Helen Keller

C. Helen Reddy

6. “It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is, it’s always room temperature.”

A. Steven Wright

B. Thomas Edison

C. Cesar Chavez

7. “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”

A. Lance Armstrong

B. Calvin Coolidge

C. Adolf Hitler

8. “The most baleful mischiefs may be expected from the unmanly conduct of not daring to face truth because it is unpleasing.”

A. Geoffrey Chaucer

B. Thomas Malthus

C. Jane Parker

9. “It always bothers me to see people writing ‘RIP’ when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, ‘RIP’ is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.”

A. John Madden

B. Lou Reed

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Tom Cruise

C. Sigmund Freud

 

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

 “Amnesia: The condition that enables a woman who has gone through labor to have sex again.” – Joyce Armor

 (Armor is an American humorist and children’s poet.)

 

 

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