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What’s Your QQ*? #378

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 22, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “If your train’s on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Bernard Malamud

C. Casey Jones

 

2. “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Auguste Rodin

C. Henry Kissinger

 

3. “Quoth the Raven ‘Nevermore.’”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Edgar Cayce

C. Edgar Degas

 

4. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

A. Lex Luthor

B. Mark Twain

C. Andrew Jackson

 

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

A. Rube Goldberg

B. William Randolph Hearst

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

6. “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

A. David Gregory

B. Noam Chomsky

C. Lucille Ball

 

7. “Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.”

A. Katharine Hepburn

B. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

C. Drew Barrymore

 

8. “What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?”

A. Boz Scaggs

B. Neil deGrasse Tyson

C. George Carlin

 

9. “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.”

A. Frank Gore

B. Al Gore

C. Lesley Gore

 

10. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Casey Kasem

C. George Washington

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “One can judge a civilization by the way it treats its women.” – Helen Foster Snow

(Snow, 1907-1997, was an American journalist who lived and reported from China in the turbulent 1930s.)

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What’s Your QQ*? #376

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 8, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

A. Hannibal Lecter

B. Maya Angelou

C. Ron Weasley

 

2. “Nothing can be more useful to a man than the determination not to be hurried.”

A. Justin Timberlake

B. Arnold Schwarzenegger

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

3. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

A. Isaac Newton

B. Isaac Asimov

C. Isaac Hayes

 

4. “The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”

A. Marilyn Monroe

B. James Monroe

C. James Madison

 

5. “Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it.”

A. Alan Watts

B. Beatrix Potter

C. Al Gore

 

6. “It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Carl Karcher

 

7. “Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children

to spend their weekends with?”

A. Sandra Bullock

B. Kate Middleton

C. Rita Rudner

 

8. “Dance till the stars come down from the rafters/ Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.”

A. Arthur Murray

B. W.H. Auden

C. Jane Fonda

 

9. “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”

A. Dwight Eisenhower

B. Babe Ruth

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

10. “God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.”

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Joel Osteen

C. Walt Disney

 

 

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

 “All sweeping assertions are erroneous.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

 (Landon, 1802-1838, was an English poet and novelist.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #371

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 4, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

A. Ulysses S. Grant

B. Ringo Starr

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

2. “Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.”

A. Donald Trump

B. The Buddha

C. Simon Cowell

 

3. “For certain people after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.”

A. Gore Vidal

B. Hieronymus Bosch

C. Hugh Hefner

 

4. “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the wickedest of men will do the wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

A. John Maynard Keynes

B. Karl Marx

C. Lesley Stahl

 

 

5. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

A. Bruce Springsteen

B. Victor Borge

C. Mickhail Gorbachev

 

6. “Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual without the nourishing soil of the community.”

A. Ferdinand Magellan

B. Bob Dylan

C. Albert Einstein

 

7. “There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

A. Donald Sterling

B. Norman Mailer

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

8. “Men travel faster now, but I do not know if they go to better things.”

A. Han Solo

B. Willa Cather

C. Oscar Pistorius

 

9. “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”

A. Marcus Aurelius

B. Holden Caulfield

C. Tiger Woods

 

10. “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

A. Thomas Aquinas

B. Rick Santorum

C. H.L. Mencken

 

 

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

 “Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.” – Edward Thorndike

 (Thorndike, 1874-1949, was an American psychologist and educator.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #363

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 9, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Pink

C. Margaret Mitchell

 

2. “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”

A. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

B. Mario Cuomo

C. Richard Nixon

 

3. “Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.”

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Salvador Dali

 

4. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

A. Jack Kerouac

B. Willard Scott

C. Bob Dylan

 

5. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

A. Earvin “Magic” Johnson

B. Lyndon Johnson

C. Samuel Johnson

 

6. “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Nat King Cole

C. Calvin Coolidge

 

7. “Show me a good and gracious loser and I will show you a failure.”

A. John Wooden

B. Knute Rockne

C. Charlie Chaplin

 

8. “[It is] forbidden to ever make peace with a monarch, a prince or a people who have not submitted.”

A. Genghis Khan

B. Robert E. Lee

C. Barack Obama

 

9. “The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby.”

A. Natalie Wood

B. William McKinley

C. Princess Diana

 

10. “Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Aldous Huxley

C. Ellen DeGeneres

 

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

 “The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”

- Joseph Addison

 (Addison, 1672-1719, was an English politician and writer.)

 

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