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What’s Your QQ*? #362

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 2, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “’Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’

A. Lewis Carroll

B. Stephen King

C. Maurice Sendak

 

2. “I often covered more than a hundred sheets of paper with drafts, revisions, rewritings, ravings, doodlings, and intensely concentrated work to construct a single verse.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Elton John

C. Dylan Thomas

 

3. “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

A. Jules Verne

B. Herman Melville

C. John Kerry

 

4. “The meaning of life is that it stops.”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Franz Kafka

C. Simon Cowell

 

5. “The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

A. John Lennon

B. John Hancock

C. John Stuart Mill

 

6. “Man is by nature a political animal.”

A. Nancy Pelosi

B. Aristotle

C. Charlie Sheen

 

7. “Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.”

A. E.B. White

B. Barry White

C. Perry White

 

8. “Money-giving is a very good criterion of a person’s mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.”

A. Jack Benny

B. Andrew Carnegie

C. Dr. Karl Menninger

 

9. “I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn’t like.”

A. Johnny Carson

B. Will Rogers

C. George Carlin

 

10. “O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;/ The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won.”

A. Mark Twain

B. Mr. Spock

C. Walt Whitman

 

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

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.” – Paul Bourget

(Bourget, 1852-1935, was a French novelist and critic.)

 

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What’s Your QQ? #300

Published December 23, 2012 in the Monterey County Herald

Who wrote?

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” – Harlan Miller

 (Miller, 1897-1968, wrote his “Over the Coffee” column in the Des Moines Register for nearly four decades.)

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #291

Published October 21, 2012 in the Monterey County Herald

Who said?

“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” (see quote #10)

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff – it is a palliative rather than a remedy.” – Peter De Vries

 (De Vries, 1910-1993, was an American editor and novelist.)

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #289

Published October 7, 2012 in the Monterey County Herald

Who said?

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.” (Quote #3)

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Simplicity is really hard.”~Jonathan Ive

 (The London-born Ive is a leading designer of Apple products.)

 

 

 

 

 

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