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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #422

Published April 24, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”

 

A. Thomas A. Edison

B. Thomas Jefferson

C. Thomas Friedman

 

2. “Caution is the eldest child of wisdom”

 

A. Groucho Marx

B. Clarence Thomas

C. Victor Hugo

 

3. “You can fool too many people too much of the time.”

 

A. James Thurber

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Brian Williams

 

4. “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

 

A. John Travolta

B. John Muir

C. John Adams

 

5. “It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life.”

 

A. William Shakespeare

B. Al Roker

C. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

6. “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

 

A. Chris Christie

B. William Penn

C. Ella Fitzgerald

 

7. “If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”

 

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Stevie Wonder

C. Aaron Copland

 

8. “And freedom, oh freedom, well, that’s just some people talkin’/  

Your prison is walking through this world all alone.”

 

A. The Yardbirds

B. The Byrds

C. The Eagles

 

9. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

 

A. Elton John

B. Robert Frost

C. Alexander Haig

 

10.  “The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.”

 

A. Don Rickles

B. Sigmund Freud

C. John Steinbeck

 

 

 

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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “If you haven’t seen your wife smile at a traffic cop, you haven’t seen her smile her prettiest.”

 ―Kin Hubbard, 1868-1930, was an American cartoonist, humorist and journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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