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What’s Your QQ*? #368

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published April 13, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

1. “Hitch your wagon to a star.”

A. Jiminy Cricket

B. Ward Bond

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

2. “I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.”

A. Taylor Swift

B. Judy Garland

C. Mae West

 

3. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Jules Verne

C. Davy Crockett

 

4. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

A. Harry Houdini

B. Woodrow Wilson

C. Barack Obama

 

5. “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Geronimo

C. William Tecumseh Sherman

 

6. “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. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. Arthur Treacher

C. William Shakespeare

 

7. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

A. George W. Bush

B. Vincent van Gogh

C. Oliver Cromwell

 

8. “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”

A. Rush Limbaugh

B. Frank Underwood

C. W.C. Fields

 

9. “I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Bill Clinton

C. Jascha Heifetz

 

10. “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”

A. Jack Nicholson

B. David Letterman

C. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.― Mary Wollstonecraft

 (Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797, was an English writer and feminist philosopher.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #367

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published April 6, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”

A. Jean-Paul Sartre

B. Nicolaus Copernicus

C. Carol Channing

 

2. “Custom is a mutable thing; yet we readily recognize the permanence of certain social values. Graciousness and courtesy are never old-fashioned.”

A. Wiley Post

B. Huffington Post

C. Emily Post

 

3. “THE fog comes/ on little cat feet./ It sits looking/ over harbor and city/ on silent haunches/ and then moves on.”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Jim Vanderzwaan

 

4. “Every crowd has a silver lining.”

A. P.T. Barnum

B. Madonna

C. Ron Silver

 

5. “Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

A. Henry Waxman

B. Henry Fonda

C. Henry Miller

 

6. “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

A. William James

B. Jersey Joe Walcott

C. Alexander Hamilton

 

7. “We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”

A. Mayor Rob Ford

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Rutherford B. Hayes

 

8. “Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?”

A. Truman Capote

B. Robin Williams

C. Emily Brontë

 

9. “I have a prejudice against people with money. I have known so many, and none have escaped the corruption of power. In this I am a purist. I love people motivated by love and not by power. If you have money and power, and are motivated by love, you give it all away.”

A. Anaïs Nin

B. Larry the Cable Guy

C. John D. Rockefeller

 

10. “Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.”

A. Josiah Bartlet

B. Tony Blair

C. Hermann Hesse

 

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

BONUS QUOTE:

 “All men’s misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.” – Jean de La Bruyere

 (La Bruyere, 1645-1696, was a French philosopher and satiric moralist.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #360

*Quotation Quotient

(Published February 16, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to live in stationary one, and do without change.”

A. Bruno Mars

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Sir Isaac Newton

 

2. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

A. Vladimir Lenin

B. Vladimir Putin

C. Vladimir Guerrero

 

3. “Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good.”

A. Carroll Righter

B. Henry Fonda

C. Robert Reich

4. “Poverty is not a condition that afflicts only the poor, it is a condition that weakens all of us.”

A. Newt Gingrich

B. Bill Monning

C. Jason Alexander

 

5. “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

A. William Saroyan

B. Frederic Chopin

C. Ricky Ricardo

 

6. “There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them.”

A. Betty Crocker

B. Betty Grable

C. Betty White

 

7. “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

A. Nelson Mandela

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Shirley Temple

 

8. “The scars left from the child’s defeat in the fight against irrational authority are to be found at the bottom of every neurosis.”

A. Maggie Smith

B. Erich Fromm

C. Chang Kai-shek

 

9. “Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”

A. Norman Vincent Peale

B. Billy Crystal

C. Mae West

 

10. “On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody’s activities affect everybody else.”

A. Marshall McLuhan

B. Sheldon Cooper

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

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

 “Less and less are we able to locate our lives meaningfully in the pageant of history. More and more do we find ourselves retreating to the sanctuary of an insulated individualism, sealed off in our private concerns from the larger events which surround us.” – Robert Heilbroner

 (Heilbroner, 1919-2005, was an American economist and a professor of economic history.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #327

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published June 30, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 1. “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”

A. Russell Brand

B. Bertrand Russell

C. Bill Russell

2. “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’”

A. Katy Perry

B. Erich Fromm

C. Sigmund Freud

3. “He without benefit of scruples/ His fun and money soon quadruples.”

A. Ogden Nash

B. Emily Dickinson

C. Jamie Dimon

4. “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.”

A. Dianne Feinstein

B. Luana Conley

C. Albert Einstein

5. “It is part of prudence to thank an author for his book before reading it, so as to avoid the necessity of lying about it afterwards.”

A. Charlie Rose

B. George Santayana

C. Benjamin Franklin

6. “Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone.”

A. H.L. Mencken

B. Pope Benedict XVI

C. Serena Williams

7. “Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself.”

A. Sarah Palin

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Roseanne Barr

8. “Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.”

A. Wynton Marsalis

B. James Gandolfini

C. George Bernard Shaw

9. “Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other.”

A. Robert De Niro

B. Robert Benchley

C. Robert Reich

10. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

A. Ronald Reagan

B. Nik Wallenda

C. Charles Darwin

Answers 

1-B 2-B 3-A 4-C 5-B 6-A 7-C 8-C 9-B 10-A

Scoring

10 — QQQQ = Quote-Master

8-9 — QQQ = Scholar

6-7 — QQ = Literate

4-5 — Q = Semi-Literate

0-3 — No Q = Quote-Dunce

Bonus Quote:

“To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problems of contentment.” — George E. Woodberry

(Woodberry, 1855-1930, was an American literary critic and poet.)

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