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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #442

Published September 20, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.”


A. Oscar Wilde

B. Ross Perot

C. James Dean


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


A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Mick Jagger

C. Davy Crockett


3. “Poetry is the opening and closing of the door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment.”


A. Carl Sagan

B. Carl Jung

C. Carl Sandburg


4. “Football combines the two worst features of American life: violence and committee meetings.”


A. Joe Namath

B. George Will

C. James Naismith


5. “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”


A. Confucius

B. Ted Cruz

C. Ulysses S. Grant


6. “Wise people, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same life.”


A. Chris Christie

B. Aristophanes

C. Sir Edmund Hillary


7. “I feel so much the continual death of everything and everybody, and have so learned to reconcile myself to it, that the final and official end loses most of its impressiveness.”


A. George Santayana

B. Bruce Springsteen

C. Gerald Ford


8. “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'”


A. Chiang Kai-shek

B. Dennis Mitchell

C. Dave Barry


9. “When the creative urge seizes one – at least, such is my experience – one become creative in all directions at once.”


A. Henry Ford

B. Henry Miller

C. Henry Cowell


10. “There are no facts, only interpretations.”


A. Roger Goodell

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Gene Autry





Answers: 1-A, 2-A , 3-C , 4-B , 5-A , 6-B , 7-A , 8-C , 9-B , 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




“Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.”

~ Mary Ritter Beard, 1876-1958 was an American historian and women’s rights advocate.










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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #440

Published September 8, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.”


A. Jar Jar Binks

B. JoJo Starbuck

C. Zsa Zsa Gabor


2. “What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?”


A. Anaïs Nin

B. Scott Walker

C. Thomas Jefferson


3. “I, like every soldier of America, will die for freedom of the press, even for the freedom of newspapers that call me everything that is a good deal less than being a gentleman.”


A. Chris Kyle

B. Cyndi Lauper

C. Dwight D. Eisenhower


4. “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.”


A. Anne Hathaway

B. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

C. Ann Coulter


5. “You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud-puddle.”


A. Gertrude Stein

B. L. Frank Baum

C. Anthony Weiner


6. “I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.”


A. Justin Timberlake

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Oscar Hammerstein


7. “The Marquesan girls dance all over; not only do their feet dance, but their arms, hands, fingers, ay, their very eyes seem to dance in their heads.”


A. Herman Cain

B. Herman Melville

C. Herman Munster


8. “There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.”


A. Alan King

B. Prince William

C. Helen Keller


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


A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Margaret Mitchell

C. Engelbert Humperdinck


10. “If I can stop one heart from breaking,/ I shall not live in vain;/ If I can ease one life the aching,/ Or cool one pain,/ Or help one fainting robin/ Unto his nest again,/ I shall not live in vain.”


A. Emily Dickinson

B. Judy Blume

C. Jackie Gleason



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




“When a fellow says, ‘It hain’t the money, but th’ principle o’ the thing,’ it’s th’ money.”

–Kin Hubbard, 1868-1930, was a popular Indiana humorist and journalist.








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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #435

Published August 2, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”

A. George Custer

B. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C. Washington Irving

2. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

A. Sheldon Cooper

B. Albert Einstein

C. Charlie Brown

3. “Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.”

A. Kim Jong-un

B. The Association

C. Bette Midler

4. “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”

A. Mother Teresa

B. Mamma Cass

C. Grandma Moses

5. “When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.”

A. Herbert Hoover

B. Rick Perry

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

6. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

A. Kenny G

B. Kahlil Gibran

C. James Naismith

7. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

A. Helen Mirren

B. Helen of Troy

C. Helen Keller

8. “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

A. Coco Chanel

B. Alexander Haig

C. Boutros Butrous-Ghali

9. “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

A. John Oliver

B. Rose Kennedy

C. Pablo Picasso

10. “You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.”

A. Leon Trotsky

B. Lawrence Welk

C. Henry David Thoreau

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


“If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”

— Montesquieu, 1689-1755, was a French lawyer and political philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment.

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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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