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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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What’s Your QQ*? #336

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published September 1, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

A. Paul Peterson

B. Pablo Picasso

C. Peter Parker

2. “I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Nicolaus Copernicus

C. Mark Zuckerberg

3. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

A. Sammy Davis, Jr.

B. Nancy Reagan

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

4. “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

A. Frank Lloyd Wright

B. George Takei

C. Henry David Thoreau

5. “It’s the well-behaved children..that make the most formidable revolutionaries. They don’t say a word, they don’t hide under the table, they eat only one piece of chocolate at a time. But later on they make society pay dearly.”

A. Jean-Paul Sartre

B. Fidel Castro

C. Mary Tyler Moore

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

A. Samuel Adams

B. Samuel Johnson

C. Samuel Clemens

7. “What we call ‘morals’ is simply blind obedience to words of command.”

A. Havelock Ellis

B. Jackson Pollock

C. Nathan Lane

8. “About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

A. Anthony Weiner

B. Miley Cyrus

C. Ernest Hemingway

9. “Hope has never trickled down. It has always sprung up.”

A. James Buchanan

B. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

C. Studs Terkel

10. “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

A. John Wooden

B. E. E. Cummings

C. Rand Paul

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

 “Good men and bad men alike are capable of weakness. The difference is simply that a bad man will be proud all his life of one good deed – while an honest man is hardly aware of his good acts, but remembers a single sin for years on end.” ― Vasily Grossman

 (Grossman, 1905-1964, was a Soviet writer and war correspondent.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*?” #335

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published August 25, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 

1. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

 A. Sean Hannity

B. Donald Trump

C. Upton Sinclair

2. “There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.”

A. Regis Philbin

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Jay-Z

3. “As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.”

A. Clarence Darrow

B. Antoinette Tuff

C. James Madison

4. “We need to add to the three R’s, namely Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic, a fourth–Responsibility.”

A. Herbert Hoover

B. J. Edgar Hoover

C. Margaret Hoover

5. “No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.”

A. Walter Lippmann

B. Lindsey Graham

C. Woodrow Wilson

6. “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

A. Edgar Cayce

B. Oscar Wilde

C. John F. Kennedy

7. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

A. Leon Trotsky

B. William Shakespeare

C. Laura Ingalls Wilder

8. “Carpe diem.”

A. Horace

B. Horace Greeley

C. Horace Mann

9. “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. Ginger Baker

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Victor Hugo

10.  “Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.”

A. Bob Filner

B. John Steinbeck

C. Mark Twain

 

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

“Man is a complex being; he makes the deserts bloom and lakes die.” – Gil Stern

 (Stern’s biography is unknown.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #317

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published April 21, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”   

A. Audie Murphy

B. Walt Whitman

C. Winston Churchill

2. “Unless the cause of peace based on law gathers behind it the force and zeal of a religion, it hardly can hope to succeed.”

A. Albert Einstein

B. Bo Diddley

C. Arnold Schwarzenegger 

3. “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

A. Louis C.K.

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Mary Shelley

4. “Why, look at me. I’ve worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.”

A. Groucho Marx

B. Mother Teresa

C. Mark Cuban

5. “Of all the trees that grow so fair Old England to adorn, /Greater are none beneath the Sun/ Than Oak, and Ash and Thorn.”

A. Ogden Nash

B. Dizzy Dean

C. Rudyard Kipling

6. “I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.”

A. Chuck Hagel

B. Willa Cather

C. Arlo Guthrie

7. “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters — one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”  

A. John F. Kennedy

B. Mao Tse-tung

C. Julia Roberts

8. “Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

A. Art Linkletter

B. Vincent van Gogh

C. Oscar Wilde

9.”‘Tis not the dying for a faith that’s so hard… ‘Tis the living up to it that’s difficult.”  

A. Lindsay Lohan

B. William Thackeray

C. Jimmy Swaggart

10. “Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!”

 A. Horace

B. Prince

C. Diogenes

 

 

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

 “Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.” –Charles Caleb Colton

 (Colton, 1780-1832, was an English clergyman and author.)

 

 

 

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