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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #452

Published November 29, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


1. “The more one gives, the more one has to give– like milk in the breast.”


A. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

B. Anne Frank

C. Anne Boleyn


2. “I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”


A. Buster Keaton

B. Arnold Palmer

C. G. K. Chesterton


3. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”


A. John Steinbeck

B. Dilbert

C. Malcolm X


4. “Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.”


A. Jim Thorpe

B. Bertrand Russell

C. Nicholas Copernicus


5. “Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics.”


A. Bill Clinton

B. Albert Camus

C. Dr. Ben Carson


6. “My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.”


A. Leon Trotsky

B. Orville Wright

C. Rodney Dangerfield


7. “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”


A. Bill Gates

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Elvis Presley


8. “Our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may be a great fire in our soul, and no one ever comes to warm himself at it; the passers-by see only a little bit of smoke coming through the chimney, and pass on their way.”


A. Vincent van Gogh

B. Bernie Sanders

C. Ronda Rousey


9. “Forcing the world to adjust to oneself has always seemed to me an honorable life work…That one fails in the end is irrelevant.”


A. Rodney King

B. Gore Vidal

C. Augusto Pinochet


10. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ”


A. Donald Trump

B. Goldie Hawn

C. Mark Twain




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




“Academic education is the act of memorizing things read in books, and things told by college professors who got their education mostly by memorizing things read in books and told by college professors.”

– Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, was an American writer, publisher and philosopher.








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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #442

Published September 20, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.”


A. Oscar Wilde

B. Ross Perot

C. James Dean


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


A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Mick Jagger

C. Davy Crockett


3. “Poetry is the opening and closing of the door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment.”


A. Carl Sagan

B. Carl Jung

C. Carl Sandburg


4. “Football combines the two worst features of American life: violence and committee meetings.”


A. Joe Namath

B. George Will

C. James Naismith


5. “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”


A. Confucius

B. Ted Cruz

C. Ulysses S. Grant


6. “Wise people, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same life.”


A. Chris Christie

B. Aristophanes

C. Sir Edmund Hillary


7. “I feel so much the continual death of everything and everybody, and have so learned to reconcile myself to it, that the final and official end loses most of its impressiveness.”


A. George Santayana

B. Bruce Springsteen

C. Gerald Ford


8. “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'”


A. Chiang Kai-shek

B. Dennis Mitchell

C. Dave Barry


9. “When the creative urge seizes one – at least, such is my experience – one become creative in all directions at once.”


A. Henry Ford

B. Henry Miller

C. Henry Cowell


10. “There are no facts, only interpretations.”


A. Roger Goodell

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Gene Autry





Answers: 1-A, 2-A , 3-C , 4-B , 5-A , 6-B , 7-A , 8-C , 9-B , 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




“Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.”

~ Mary Ritter Beard, 1876-1958 was an American historian and women’s rights advocate.










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What’s Your QQ*? #415

(Published March 8, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


1. “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”


A. Plato

B. Sarah Palin

C. Auguste Rodin


2.  “The world itself is but a large prison,out of which some are daily led to execution.”


A. Sir Edmund Hillary

B. Sir Paul McCartney

C. Sir Walter Raleigh


3. “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”


A. Carl Sandburg

B. Britney Spears

C. John Dillinger


4. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”


A. L. Frank Baum

B. J.R.R. Tolkien

C. J.D. Salinger


5. “Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.”


A. Sylvia Browne

B. Sylvia Plath

C. Sylvia Panetta


6. “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”


A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Jack Nicholson

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes


7. “A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”


A. Lyndon B. Johnson

B. Al Gore

C. Millard Fillmore


8. “Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime,/

And, departing, leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time.”


A. John Lennon

B. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

C. John Steinbeck


9. “I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.”


A. Steven Wright

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Mr. Magoo


10. “If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true.”


A. Neil Patrick Harris

B. Neil Diamond

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson


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



 “We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.” -Simon Newcomb (1888)

 (Newcomb, 1835-1909, was a Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, and co-founder of  the American Astronomical Society.)









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What’s Your QQ*? #395


(Published October 19, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)


1. “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”


A. Pete Seeger

B. Abraham Maslow

C. Gerald Ford


2. “Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.”


A. Dick Cheney

B. Gene Autry

C. A. Philip Randolph


3. “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”


A. John McCain

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Peyton Manning


4. “Life is a disease; and the only difference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives”


A. George Takei

B. George Washington

C. George Bernard Shaw


5. “’Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”


A. Colonel Sanders

B. Rachael Ray

C. William Shakespeare


6. “We do not talk – we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.”


A. George Will

B. Henry Miller

C. Thomas Paine


7. “There are more criminals out of jail than in jail, the only difference is that the majority of those who are out, are such skillful criminals that they know how to keep themselves out.”
A. Marcus Garvey

B. Mandy Patinkin

C. J.P. Morgan


8. “She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.”


A. Pamela Anderson

B. Maria Callas

C. Groucho Marx


9. “No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.”


A. Horace

B. Robert Frost

C. Dean Martin


10. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”


A. Henry van Dyke

B. Dick Van Dyke

C. Jerry Van Dyke




Answers: 1-B, 2-C , 3-B , 4-C , 5-C , 6-B , 7-A , 8-C , 9-A , 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




“Love and time, those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.”  ― Gary Jennings

 (Jennings, 1928-1999, was an American author of adult and children’s books.)


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