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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #439

Published August 30, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.”

A. Leonard Maltin

B. Leonard Hofstadter

C. Leonard Nimoy

2. “Nine tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.”

A. Wilt Chamberlain

B. Mona Lisa

C. Theodore Roosevelt

3. “Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive?”

A. Albert Brooks

B. Vladimir Putin

C. Martha Graham

4. “A self-righteous country soon forgets its righteousness and remembers only the self.”

A. Edgar Allen Poe

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Hans Christian Anderson

5. “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”

A. Jonathan Swift

B. A.A. Milne

C. Julius Caesar

6. “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

A. Pelé

B. Liberace

C. Aristotle

7. “The entire history of mankind is, in any case, nothing but a prolonged fight to the death for the conquest of universal prestige and absolute power.”

A. Lorne Michaels

B. Albert Camus

C. John Hancock

8. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Yoko Ono

9. “I love flying. I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.”

A. Fred Astaire

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Bob Hope

10. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

A. Holden Caulfield

B. Rhett Butler

C. Atticus Finch


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


“A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world’s ignorance and press for admission.”

–Austin Phelps, 1820-1890, was an American Congregational minister and educator.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #429

Published June 12-14, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “A nation that destroys it’s soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

A. Franklin D. Roosevelt

B. Mitch McConnell

C. Elton John

2. “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

A. James Thurber

B. James Bond

C. James Madison

3. “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.”

A. Dan Quayle

B. Karl Marx

C. Johnny Carson

4. “I have always a sacred veneration for anyone I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher.”

A. John Wooden

B. Jonathan Swift

C. Joseph McCarthy

5. “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” 

A. Harry Shearer

B. Harry Potter

C. Harry S. Truman

6. “They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.”

A. Ronald Reagan

B. William Shakespeare

C. Queen Elizabeth II

7. “Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.”

A. Martin Luther King

B. Maurice Chevalier

C. George Zimmer

8. “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”

A. B.F. Skinner

B. C.S. Lewis

C. H.L. Mencken

9. “The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.”

A. George Stephanopolous

B. Gene Hackman

C. Nancy Reagan

10. “Progress may have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.”

A. John McCain

B. Ogden Nash

C. Ferdinand Magellan

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


“Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody.”

~Moms Mabley, 1894-1975, was an American standup comedian.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #423

Published May 3, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)

1. “People who love to eat are always the best people.”


A. Andrew Jackson

B. Melissa McCarthy

C. Julia Child


2. “I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.”


A. E.M. Forster

B. Ricardo Montalbán

C. Johan Gutenberg


3. “If you should have a boy, do not christian him John…’tis a bad name and goes against a man. If my name had been Edmund I should have been more fortunate.”


A. John Keats

B. John McCain

C. John Oliver


4. “In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike.”


A. Jack Nicholson

B. Maya Angelou

C. J. K. Rowling


5. “Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets with in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.”


A. Helen Keller

B. Jonathan Swift

C. Jon Stewart


6. “I got out this diary and read, as one always does read one’s own writing, with a kind of guilty intensity.”


A. Carol Burnett

B. Chris Kyle

C. Virginia Woolf


7. “God’s looking down making little Bruce. He’s looking down and he says, ‘Okay, what are we going to do with this one?’ … God looks down, chuckles a little bit and says, ‘Lets give him a soul of a female!”‘


A. Bruce Willis

B. Bruce Jenner

C. Bruce Springsteen


8. “Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.”


A. Herbert Hoover

B. Christina Aguilera

C. George W. Bush


9. “The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”


A. D. H. Lawrence

B. B. B. King

C. H. G. Wells


10. “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”


A. Norman Rockwell

B. Georgia O’Keeffe

C. Jerry Lee Lewis



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



 “My quarrel with him is, that his works contain nothing worth quoting; and a book that furnishes no quotations, is, me judice, no book – it is a plaything.”

 ―Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) was an English poet and satiric novelist.








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What’s Your QQ*? #366

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 30, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)


1. “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

A. Eric Hoffer

B. Eric Clapton

C. Eric Cantor


2. “No man ever yet became great by imitation.”

A. Elvis Presley

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Samuel Johnson


3. “You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.”

A. John Barrymore

B. Condoleezza Rice

C. Paul McCartney


4. “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

A. Phil Bowhay

B. Thomas Jefferson

C. Rupert Murdoch


5. “Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.”

A. Kim Jong-un

B. Bill Mahr

C. Aldous Huxley


6. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Groucho Marx

C. Jack LaLanne


7. “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.”

A. Immanuel Kant

B. Dorothy Parker

C. Mario Andretti


8. “Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.”

A. Marilu Henner

B. Mathew Brady

C. Steven Wright


9. “She wears her clothes as if they are thrown on with a pitchfork”

A. Jonathan Swift

B. Chelsea Handler

C. Donatella Versace


10. “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

A. Jerry Lewis

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Warren G. Harding



Answers1-A, 2- C, 3-A, 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 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



 “The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other’s dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.”

– Cyril Connolly

 (Connolly, 1903-1974, was an English novelist and literary critic.)



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