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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

BONUS QUOTE:

“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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “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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What’s Your QQ*? #346

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published November 10, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “‘You are old, father William,’ the young man said,/  ‘And your hair has become very white;/ And yet you incessantly stand on your head/  Do you think, at your age, it is right?'”

A. William the Conqueror  

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Father Junipero Serra

2. “Nothing marks the change from the city to the country so much as the absence of grinding noises. The country is never silent. But its sounds are separate, distinct, and as it were, articulate.”

A. Henry Ward Beecher

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Frank Sinatra

3. “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

A. R. Kelly

B. C. Everett Koop

C. O. Henry

4. “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

A. Friedrich Nietzsche

B. Mary Shelley

C. Lon Chaney

5. “‘Tis an old maxim in the schools,/ That flattery’s the food of fools;/

Yet now and then your men of wit/ Will condescend to take a bit.”

A. Jonathan Swift

B. Will Rogers

C. Mae West

6. “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” 

A. Ted Cruz

B. Thomas Jefferson

C. Steve Carell

7. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

A. Dr. Jekyll

B. Emmett Kelly

C. Abraham Lincoln

8. “Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive. ”

A. Emily Dickinson

B. John Kenneth Galbraith

C. Michael Bloomberg

9. “We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers – we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals.” 

A. Erich Maria Remarque

B. Erich Fromm

C. Eric Clapton

10. “A fool learns from his experience. A wise person learns from the experience of others.” 

A. Walter White

B. Vladimir Lenin

C. Otto von Bismarck

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

“We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but by then we realize it and admit it.” – Jules Renard

 (Renard, 1864-1910, was a French author.)

 

 

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