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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #444

Published October 4, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)



1. “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”


A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Jerry Brown

C. Michael Phelps


2. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”


A. Miley Cyrus

B. J.K. Rowling

C. J. Edgar Hoover


3. “A man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”


A. Mark Twain

B. Jacques Cousteau

C. Raúl Castro


4. “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.”


A. Rick Santorum

B. Trevor Noah

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson


5. “An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true.”


A. Robert Downey Jr.

B. Robert Oppenheimer

C. Robert Pattinson


6. “You have to be odd to be number one.”


A. Dr. Seuss

B. Stephen Hawking

C. Donald Trump


7. “No one shall give or receive a present, either during a candidacy or during or after a term of office.”


A. John Boehner

B. Conan O’Brien

C. Cicero


8. “The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever galling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”


A. Ogden Nash

B. John Muir

C. Janet Reno


9. “Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month.”


A. Wernher von Braun

B. Mario Andretti

C. Yoko Ono


10. “Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”


A. George Zimmerman

B. George Washington

C. George Bernard Shaw



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




“Whether four years of strenuous attention to football and fraternities is the best preparation for professional work has never been seriously investigated.”

–Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899-1977, a reform-minded American educator, served as president and chancellor of the University of Chicago.










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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #439

Published August 30, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.”

A. Leonard Maltin

B. Leonard Hofstadter

C. Leonard Nimoy

2. “Nine tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.”

A. Wilt Chamberlain

B. Mona Lisa

C. Theodore Roosevelt

3. “Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive?”

A. Albert Brooks

B. Vladimir Putin

C. Martha Graham

4. “A self-righteous country soon forgets its righteousness and remembers only the self.”

A. Edgar Allen Poe

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Hans Christian Anderson

5. “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”

A. Jonathan Swift

B. A.A. Milne

C. Julius Caesar

6. “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

A. Pelé

B. Liberace

C. Aristotle

7. “The entire history of mankind is, in any case, nothing but a prolonged fight to the death for the conquest of universal prestige and absolute power.”

A. Lorne Michaels

B. Albert Camus

C. John Hancock

8. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Yoko Ono

9. “I love flying. I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.”

A. Fred Astaire

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Bob Hope

10. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

A. Holden Caulfield

B. Rhett Butler

C. Atticus Finch


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


“A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world’s ignorance and press for admission.”

–Austin Phelps, 1820-1890, was an American Congregational minister and educator.

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What’s Your Quotient Quotient? #428

Published June 5-7, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon your reason and your

judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.”

A. Pat Benatar

B. Douglas MacArthur

C. Kahlil Gibran

2. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”

A. Calvin and Hobbes

B. Peanuts

C. Romeo and Juliet

3. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Spiro Agnew

C. Patrick Henry

4. “Ah, my poor countrymen! Yankees and Dollars have such inextricable association that the words ought to rhyme.”

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Kramden

5. “Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors….Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Britney Spears

C. Albert Einstein

6. “There was a little girl,/  Who had a little curl,/  Right in the middle of her forehead./  When she was good,/  She was very good indeed,/  But when she was bad she was horrid.”

A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. John Oliver

C. Daddy Warbucks

7. “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Donald Trump

8. “Fire is the Sun unwinding from the tree’s log… When the log fire pop-sparks, it is letting go a very sunny day long ago, and doing so in a hurry.”

A. R. Buckminster Fuller

B. Galileo

C. Morley Safer

9. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

A. Walt Disney

B. Anais Nin

C. Harry S. Truman

10. “The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness.”

A. Victor Hugo

B. Serena Williams

C. Mahatma Gandhi

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


“We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.”

–François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, was a French author of maxims and memoirs.

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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



 “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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