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What’s Your QQ*? #384

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(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

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“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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What’s Your QQ*? #330

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published July 21, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power.”  

A. Al Capone

B. Kurt Vonnegut

C. Charlton Heston

2. “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.”

A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Norman Rockwell

C. William F. Buckley, Jr.

3. “A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.”

A. Click and Clack

B. Alistair Cooke

C. Dilbert

4. “The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.”

A. Anthony Weiner

B. William Safire

C. Diana Ross

5. “Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,/ Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;/ Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,/ Lulled by the moonlight have all passed away.”

A. Stephen Foster

B. Stephen Colbert

C. Stephen King

6. “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”

A. Elaine Benes

B. Curious George

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

7. “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Pope Francis

C. Ty Cobb

8. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”

A. Phyllis Diller

B. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

C. Martha Stewart

9. “Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.” 

A. Kate Middleton

B. Adlai Stevenson

C. H.L. Mencken

10. “The tragedy of life is not that we die, but is rather, what dies inside a man while he lives.”

A. John Travolta

B. Henry Ford

C. Albert Schweitzer

 

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

“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.” – Edward Abbey

(Abbey, 1927-1989, wrote “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and other   radical environmental books.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #294

Published November 11, 2012 in the Monterey County Herald

Who said?

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.”

 

 

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.” ― Douglas Pagels

(Pagels has written many books, mostly for young adults.)

 

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What’s Your QQ? #277

Published July 15, 2012 in the Monterey County Herald.

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.” — Logan P. Smith

 (Smith, 1865-1946, was an essayist and literary critic.)

 

 


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