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What’s Your QQ*? #405

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published December 28, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A year has passed–another has commenced. These solemn divisions of time influence our feelings as they recur. Yet there is nothing in it; for every day in the year closes a twelvemonth as well as the 31st December.”

 

A. Walter White

B. Walter Mitty

C. Sir Walter Scott

 

2. “I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.”

 

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Liberace

C. Mark Twain

 

3. “The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.”

 

A. Strom Thurmond

B. Thurgood Marshall

C. Henry Kissinger

 

4. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

 

A. Howard Hughes

B. Marilyn Monroe

C. Albert Einstein

 

5. “We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us.”

 

A. Marcel Proust

B. Taylor Swift

C. Bill Clinton

 

6. “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”

 

A. William Shakespeare

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Prince William

 

7. “Little soft clouds played happily in a blue sky, skipping from time to time in front of the sun as if they had come to put it out, and then sliding away suddenly so that the next might have his turn.”

 

A. A. A. Milne

B. B. B. King

C. C. C. Rider

 

8. “Though nothing can bring back the hour/ Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower.”

 

A. William Wordsworth

B. Natalie Wood

C. Stephen Foster

 

9. “Our problems are manmade–therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

 

A. Beatrix Potter

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Maria Callas

 

10. “Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average, which means you’ve already met your New Year’s resolution.”

 

A. Engelbert Humperdinck

B. Chris Christie

C. Jay Leno

 

 

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

 “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 (Pierce, 1904-1983, was an English-born poet and pacifist.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #404

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published December 21, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

 

A. Bob Hope

B. Newt Gingrich

C. Yasser Arafat

 

2. “Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.”

 

A. Samuel Goldwyn

B. Samuel L. Jackson

C. Samuel Johnson

 

3. “Senescence begins/  And middle-age ends/  The day your descendants/  Outnumber your friends.”

 

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Ogden Nash

C. Rock Hudson

 

4. “I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.”

 

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Joseph Stalin

C. Plato

 

5. “If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.”

 

A. George C. Marshall

B. J.D. Salinger

C. Jimmy Kimmel

 

6. “It’s a hell of a thing; killin’ a man. You take away everything he ever had and ever would have.”

 

A. Andy Griffith

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Rick Perry

 

7. “I love Paris in the spring time/ I love Paris in the fall/ I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles/ I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles.”

 

A. Maurice Chevalier

B. Dwight Eisenhower

C. Cole Porter

 

8. “I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.”

 

A. Dorothy Parker

B. John Bartlett

C. William Wordsworth

 

9. “So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.”

 

A. Isadora Duncan

B. W. C. Fields

C. Randy Newman

 

10. “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.”

 

A. Buddha

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Pat Boone

 

 

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

“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.”― Bess Streeter Aldrich

 (Aldrich, 1881-1954, was one of Nebraska’s most widely read and enjoyed authors.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #398

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 9, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones”

 

A. Renée Zellweger

B. John Lennon

C. Christopher Columbus

 

2. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

 

A. Thurgood Marshall

B. Stephen Colbert

C. Aristotle

 

3. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

 

A. Count Basie

B. Arthur Fonzarelli

C. Albert Einstein

 

4. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

 

A. Plato

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Edmund Hillary

 

5. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  

 

A. Betsy Ross

B. Winston Churchill

C. Vincent Van Gogh

 

6. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

 

A. Margaret Sanger

B. Margaret Mitchell

C. Margaret Thatcher

 

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

 

A. James K. Polk

B. Donald Trump

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

8. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

 

A. John Maynard Keynes

B. Bill Nye

C. Orville Redenbacher

 

9. “She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to.”

 

A. Gypsy Rose Lee

B. Matthew McConaughey

C. Madison Bumgarner

 

10. “The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.”

 

A. Jerry Brown

B. Napoleon Bonaparte

C. Andy Warhol

 

 

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

 (Furtick, b. 1980, is a North Carolina pastor and author.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #397

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 2, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

 

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Charlton Heston

C. Jimmy Carter

 

2. “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

 

A. Gustav Mahler

B. Michael Jordan

C. Thomas Edison

 

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

 

A. Art Garfunkel

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Al Gore

 

4. “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Barbara Walters

C. Sanjay Gupta

 

5. “Come away, O human child!/ To the waters and the wild/ With a faery, hand in hand,/ For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”

 

A. W. B. Yeats

B. Maya Angelou

C. Lewis Carroll

 

6. “What’s done to children, they will do to society.”

 

A. Art Linkletter

B. Marie Antoinette

C. Karl A. Menninger

 

7. “Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn’t filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.”

 

A. Naomi Klein

B. Franklin D. Roosevelt

C. Neil Simon

 

8. “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”

 

A. Fiorello LaGuardia

B. Erma Bombeck

C. Imelda Marcos

 

9. “Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.”

 

A. Benjamin Harrison

B. Benjamin Netanyahu

C. Benjamin Disraeli

 

10. “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.”

 

A. Chris Christie

B. Otto von Bismarck

C. Mariah Carey

 

 

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

 “In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”  ― David Foster Wallace

 (Wallace, 1962-2008, was an American writer, best known for his novel “Infinite Jest.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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