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What’s Your QQ*? #357

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published January 26, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “A birdie with a yellow bill/ Hopped upon the window sill,

Cocked his shining eye and said:/ ‘Ain’t you ‘shamed, you sleepy-head?’”

A. Jane Smiley

B. Robert Louis Stevenson

C. John Steinbeck

 

2. “My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.”

A. Mark Twain

B. Jack LaLanne

C. Stephen King

 

3. “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

A. Rush Limbaugh

B. Jed Clampett

C. John F. Kennedy

 

4. “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?/ Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?”

A. Judy Collins

B. Luther Burbank

C. Pete Seeger

 

5. “Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.”

A. Nathaniel Hawthorne

B. Thomas Jefferson

C. Crazy Horse

 

6. “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

A. Michael Bloomberg

B. Randi Rhodes

C. George Washington

 

7. “When I read something saying I’ve not done anything as good as ‘Catch-22′ I’m tempted to reply, ‘Who has?’”

A. Joseph Campbell

B. Joseph Heller                                                              

C. Joseph Conrad

 

8. “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”

A. Salman Rushdie

B. Mario Savio

C. Alex Rodriguez

 

9. “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.”

A. Marcel Marceau

B. Paul Simon

C. Thomas Carlyle

 

10. “There’s a sexual revolution going on, and I think that with our current foreign policy, we’ll probably be sending troops there any minute to break it up.”

A. Mel Brooks

B. Elizabeth Warren

C. John McCain

 

 Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-C , 4-C , 5-A , 6-C , 7-B , 8-A , 9-C , 10-A

 

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:

 “Stars are like animals in the wild. We may see the young but never the actual birth, which is a veiled and secret event.” – Heinz R. Pagels

 (Pagels, 1939-1988, was an American physicist.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #355

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published January 12, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”

A. W. Somerset Maugham

B. Queen Elizabeth II

C. Alexander Hamilton

 

2. “A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.”

A. Rufus T. Firefly

B. George W. Bush

C. Golda Meir

 

3. “How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!”

A. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

B. Ellen DeGeneres

C. Chou En-lai

 

4. “The best thing about animals is they don’t talk much”

A. Dr. Dolittle

B. Thornton Wilder

C. Mufasa

 

5. “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,/ One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them/ In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

A. L. Frank Baum

B. Lewis Carroll

C. J.R.R. Tolkien

 

6. “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

A. Aesop

B. Spartacus

C. Adele

 

7. “Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.”

A. Albert Einstein

B. Mark Twain

C. Forrest Gump

 

8. “I have found that failure is a far better teacher than success.”

A. Bernard Baruch

B. Lester Maddox

C. Matt Lauer

 

9. “Mad Dogs & Englishmen/ Go out in the midday sun.”

A. Noel Coward

B. Winston Churchill

C. Camilla Parker Bowles

 

10. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

A. Oscar the Grouch

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Oscar Robertson

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

“The generous heart should scorn a pleasure which gives others pain.” – James Thomson

 (Thomson, 1700-1748, was a Scottish poet and playwright.)

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What’s Your QQ*? #354

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published January 5, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 

1. “Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.”

A. Jackson Pollock

B. Will Rogers

C. Mark Twain

 

2. “A lie is an abomination unto the Lord and a very present help in time of trouble.”

A. Adlai Stevenson

B. William Howard Taft

C. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

 

3. “Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.”

A. Eleanor Roosevelt

B. The Kingston Trio

C. Julius Caesar

 

4. “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

A. George Orwell

B. John McCain

C. Karl Marx

 

5. “A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”

A. Knute Rockne

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. W.C. Fields

 

6. “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”

A. Debbie Allen

B. Woody Allen

C. Joan Allen

 

7. “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified the concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.”

A. William Faulkner

B. Flip Wilson

C. Joseph Heller

 

8. “Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like `Psychic Wins Lottery.’?”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. George Noory

C. Jay Leno

 

9. “I always go to sea as a sailor, because they make a point of paying me for my trouble, whereas they never pay passengers a single penny that I ever heard of.”

A. Herman Melville

B. Truman Capote

C. Christopher Columbus

 

10. “Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.”

A. Alfred Hitchcock

B. Alfred Lord Tennyson

C. Alfred E. Neuman

 

 

 

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

 

“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!”  - Aleister Crowley

 (Crowley, 1857-1947,was a controversial English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet and mountaineer.)

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #349

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published December 1, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 

1. “Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.”

A. Ray Bradbury       

B. Orville Wright

C. Millard Fillmore

 

2. “Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed.”

A. Margaret Mitchell

B. Joni Mitchell

C. Dennis Mitchell

 

3. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate:/ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,/ And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

C. William Shakespeare

 

4. “The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.”

A. Jennifer Lawrence

B. Marcus Tullius Cicero

C. Silvio Berlusconi

 

5. “I have very simple tastes. I’m always satisfied by the best.”

A. Olivia Wilde

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Larry Wilde

 

6. “France has neither winter nor summer nor morals–apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.”

A. François Hollande

B. Arthur Frommer

C. Mark Twain

 

7. “If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

A. Tiger Woods

B. Jack Lemmon

C. Ann Landers

 

8. “A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.”

A. Samuel Johnson

B. Art Garfunkel

C. Evelyn Wood

 

9. “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”

A. James Dobson

B. Rod Stewart

C. Samuel Butler

 

10. “I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”

A. E.E. Cummings

B. George Soros

C. Clyde Barrow

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-A , 3-C , 4-B , 5-B , 6-C , 7-B , 8-A , 9-C , 10-A

 

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:

 

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ” ― Elbert Hubbard

 (Hubbard, 1856-1915, was an American writer, publisher and philosopher.)

 

 

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