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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #443

Published September 27, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

A. Arnold Schwarzenegger

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Ivan Pavlov

2. “The night/ Hath been to me a more familiar face/ Than that of man; and in her starry shade/ Of dim and solitary loveliness/ I learned the language of another world.”

A. Shel Silverstein

B. Colin Kaepernick

C. Lord Byron

3. “I put things down on sheets of paper and stuff them in my pockets. When I have enough, I have a book.”

A. John Lennon

B. Leo Tolstoy

C. Arnold Palmer

4. “Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy, wealthy, and dead. ”

A. James Thurber

B. James Taylor

C. James Madison

5. “Jury — A group of twelve men who, having lied to the judge about their hearing, health and business engagements, have failed to fool him.”

A. Socrates

B. Nancy Grace

C. H. L. Mencken

6. “This was the most unkindest cut of all.”

A. Scott Walker

B. William Shakespeare

C. Jackie Collins

7. “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”

A. St. Francis of Assisi

B. Sarah Silverman

C. Bernie Sanders

8. “The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.”

A. Pelé

B. Eminem

C. Voltaire

9. “My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.”

A. Errol Flynn

B. Gerald Ford

C. George Washington Carver

10. “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

A. Yogi Bear

B. Yogi Berra

C. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


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


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~ Howard Thurman, 1899-1981, was an American theologian, educator, author, and civil rights leader.

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What’s Your QQ*? #410


(Interactive version published February 1, 2015 at Montereyherald.com.)


1. “Life is a long lesson in humility.”


A. Donald Trump

B. Marco Polo

C. James M. Barrie


2. “Laurel and Hardy, that’s John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise because all the serious people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot.”


A. John Legend

B. John Lennon

C. John Travolta


3. “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”


A. Jack Kerouac

B. Chevy Chase

C. Millard Fillmore


4. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”


A. Roald Dahl

B. Joseph Stalin

C. Edgar Allan Poe


5. “I love mankind … it’s people I can’t stand!!”


A. Garfield

B. Charles Schulz

C. Abraham Lincoln


6. “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? It is because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.”


A. J. Krishnamurti

B. O. Henry

C. R. Kelly


7. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”


A. Bill Belichick

B. Ozzy Osbourne

C. Albert Camus


8. “Airline hostesses show you how to use a seatbelt in case you haven’t been in a car since 1965.”


A. Jerry Seinfeld

B. Mark Twain

C. Mario Andretti


9. “Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.”


A. Bill Clinton

B. Pete Carroll

C. H. L. Mencken


10. “That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.”

A. Steve Jobs

B. John Madden

C. O.J. Simpson





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



 “I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl” – Washington Redskins guard Russ Grimm (Super Bowl XVIII)

 “I’d run over Russ Grimm’s mother to win the Super Bowl, too” – L. A. Raiders linebacker Matt Millen










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What’s Your QQ*? #398


(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




“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*? #384


(Published August 3, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)


1. “Many a true word is spoken in jest.”


A. Johnny Carson

B. Geoffrey Chaucer

C. Che Guevara


2. “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”


A. Abraham Lincoln

B. John Hancock

C. Thomas Paine


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


A. Friedrich Nietzsche

B. Buster Posey

C. Bill O’Reilly


4. “When meditating over a disease, I never think of finding a remedy for it, but, instead a means of preventing it.”


A. Bill Gates

B. Louis Pasteur

C. Doogie Howser


5. “All that we see or seem/ Is but a dream within a dream.”


A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Sigmund Freud

C. Carrie Underwood


6. “You may say I’m a dreamer/ But I’m not the only one.”


A. Ringo Starr

B. Bruno Mars

C. John Lennon


7. “I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband.”


A. Hillary Clinton

B. Pat Nixon

C. Sarah Palin


8. “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”


A. Milton Berle

B. Plato

C. John Boehner


9. “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”


A. J.R.R. Tolkien

B. J.D. Salinger

C. J.K. Rowling


10. “If God were alive today, He’d be an atheist.”


A. Billy Graham

B. Franklin D. Roosevelt

C. Kurt Vonnegut



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




“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” – Mary Kay Ash

 (Ash, 1918-2001, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics.)









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