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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #426

Published May 22-24, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)
 

1. “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

 

A. Vincent van Gogh

B. Alger Hiss

C. Whoopi Goldberg

 

2. “Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.”

 

A. Jed Clampett

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

3. “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

 

A. Fidel Castro

B. Lorne Michaels

C. Oscar Wilde

 

4. “There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”

 

A. George Stephanopoulos

B. John Boehner

C. Alexis de Tocqueville

 

5. “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.”

A. Eddie Murphy

B. Eddie Rickenbacker

C. Eddie Haskell

 

6. “Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men. “

 

A. G. K. Chesterton

B. J. K. Rowling

C. Leo Tolstoy

 

7. “The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.”

 

A. Kenny Rogers

B. Christopher Columbus

C. Confucius

 

8. “You know, you get that tattoo of barbed wire when you’re 18, but by the time you’re 80, it’s a picket fence.”

 

A. Madonna

B. Robin Williams

C. Tom Sawyer

 

9. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”

 

A. Sophia Loren

B. Lawrence Welk

C. Lucille Ball

 

10. “A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”

 

A. Perry Mason

B. Robert Frost

C. O. J. Simpson

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

 “Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.”

 –Elsa Schiaparelli, 1890-1973, was an Italian-French designer.

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What’s Your QQ*? #421

(Published April 18, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


 

1. “A man said to the universe:/  ‘Sir, I exist!’/ ‘However,’ replied the universe,/  ‘The fact has not created in me/  A sense of obligation.’”

 

A. Stephen Colbert

B. Stephen King

C. Stephen Crane

 

2. “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

 

A. Wilford Brimley

B. G.K. Chesterton

C. Leonard Bernstein

 

3. “The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.”

 

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Humphrey Bogart

C. O. J. Simpson

 

4. “It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best to at least rearrange their prejudices once in a while.”

 

A. Luther Burbank

B. Janet Reno

C. John Denver

 

5. “In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish’d dove;/ In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

 

A. Alfred Hitchcock

B. Alfred, Lord Tennyson

C. Alfred E. Neuman

 

6. “The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. ”

 

A. Millard Fillmore

B. Dennis Rodman

C. Bret Harte

 

7. “Politics offers yesterday’s answers to today’s problems.”

 

A. Marshall McLuhan

B. John Boehner

C. Paul McCartney

 

8. “Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.”

 

A. Jesse Ventura

B. Jane Austen

C. Lisa Kudrow

 

9. “It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

 

A. Phil Donahue

B. Woody Allen

C. Vladimir Putin

 

10. “We are at an epochal, transitional moment in the history of life on Earth. There is no other time as risky, but no other time as promising for the future of life on our planet.”

 

A. Carl Sagan

B. James T. Kirk

C. Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

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

 “Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed.” 

~St. Jerome, 347-420, was the foremost biblical scholar of the ancient Catholic Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #409

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published January 25, 2015 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

 

1. “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

 

A. Douglas Adams

B. John Boehner

C. Leonard Hofstadter

 

2. “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

 

A. Eddie Rickenbacker

B. Bob Hope

C. George Bernard Shaw

 

3. “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.”

 

A. Wolfgang Puck

B. Mark Twain

C. John F. Kennedy

 

4. “Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.”

 

A. Fran Lebowitz

B. Dr. Benjamin Spock

C. Sir Isaac Newton

 

5. “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

 

A. Tom Hanks

B. Voltaire

C. Corporal Klinger

 

6. “The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.”

 

A. Whitney Young

B. Neil Diamond

C. Cleopatra

 

7. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

 

A. Boris Pasternak

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Dr. Seuss

 

8. “It is a government of the people by the people for the people no longer; it is a government of corporations by corporations for corporations.”

 

A. Bob Dole

B. Louis Pasteur

C. Rutherford B. Hayes

 

9. “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

 

A. J. K. Rowling

B. P. J. O’Rourke

C. G. K. Chesterton

 

10. “Formula for success – rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

 

A. J. Paul Getty

B. Warren Buffett

C. George W. Bush

 

 

 

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

 

“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” – Shirley Jackson

 (Jackson, 1916-1965, was known for her stories and novels of the supernatural.)

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What’s Your QQ*? #389

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published September 7, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.”

 

A. Margaret Thatcher

B. Jerry Brown

C. Mark Twain

 

2. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

 

A. Judy Garland

B. Frank Sinatra Jr.

C. Kim Jong-un

 

3. “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

 

A. John Stuart Mill

B. Jon Stewart

C. Martha Stewart

 

4. “Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”

 

A. Oprah Winfrey

B. W.C. Fields

C. Jacques Cousteau

 

5. “The poor object to being governed badly, while the rich object to being governed at all.”

 

A. Snoop Dogg

B. Charles Koch

C. G.K. Chesterton

 

6. “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

 

A. Mark Zuckerberg

B. Socrates

C. Cliff Claven

 

7. “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

 

A. Smokey Bear

B. Bruce Springsteen

C. Jim Morrison

 

8. “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received.”

 

A. Albert Einstein

B. John Wayne

C. Chris Christie

 

9. “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

 

A. Roseanne Barr

B. Ingrid Bergman

C. Gene Simmons

 

10. “Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.”

 

A. Dalai Lama

B. Salvador Dalí

C. Dolly Parton

 

 

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

 “A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.”   ― D. Elton Trueblood

 (Trueblood, 1900-1994, was an American Quaker author, educator, and theologian.)

 

 

 

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