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MISATTRIBUTED WELL-KNOWN QUOTATIONS

My presentation at SkeptiCamp Monterey, January 2, hosted by the Monterey County Skeptics and the Humanists Association of the Monterey Bay Area.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #455

Published December 20, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.”

 

A. P. J. O’Rourke

B. Wolf Blitzer

C. H & R Block

 

2. “I want to be read by people who feel like reading my books. Not by celebrity collectors.”

 

A. Bill O’Reilly

B. William Shakespeare

C. John-Paul Sartre

 

3. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

 

A. Stephen A. Douglas

B. Frederick Douglass

C. Kirk Douglas

 

4. “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

 

A. John Donne

B. Quasimodo

C. Rod Stewart

 

5. “One thing I learned from drinking is that if you ever go Christmas caroling, you should go with a group of people. And also go in mid-December.”

 

A. Louis XIV

B. Louis Armstrong

C. Louis C.K.

 

6. “My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.”

 

A. Jesse Jackson

B. Mike Huckabee

C. Darth Vader

 

7. “It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.”

 

A. Ron Howard

B. Mark Twain

C. Walter Cronkite

 

8. “We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all — friends?”

 

A. Jennifer Aniston

B. Saddam Hussein

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

9. “Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.”

 

A. Kahlil Gibran

B. Sigmund Freud

C. Rudy Giuliani

 

10. “The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.”

 

A. Alice Liddell

B. Alice Cooper

C. Alice B. Toklas

 

 

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

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

– Oren Arnold, 1900-1980,was an Arizona editor and writer.

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #452

Published November 29, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “The more one gives, the more one has to give– like milk in the breast.”

 

A. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

B. Anne Frank

C. Anne Boleyn

 

2. “I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

 

A. Buster Keaton

B. Arnold Palmer

C. G. K. Chesterton

 

3. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

 

A. John Steinbeck

B. Dilbert

C. Malcolm X

 

4. “Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.”

 

A. Jim Thorpe

B. Bertrand Russell

C. Nicholas Copernicus

 

5. “Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics.”

 

A. Bill Clinton

B. Albert Camus

C. Dr. Ben Carson

 

6. “My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.”

 

A. Leon Trotsky

B. Orville Wright

C. Rodney Dangerfield

 

7. “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”

 

A. Bill Gates

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Elvis Presley

 

8. “Our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may be a great fire in our soul, and no one ever comes to warm himself at it; the passers-by see only a little bit of smoke coming through the chimney, and pass on their way.”

 

A. Vincent van Gogh

B. Bernie Sanders

C. Ronda Rousey

 

9. “Forcing the world to adjust to oneself has always seemed to me an honorable life work…That one fails in the end is irrelevant.”

 

A. Rodney King

B. Gore Vidal

C. Augusto Pinochet

 

10. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ”

 

A. Donald Trump

B. Goldie Hawn

C. Mark Twain

 

 

 

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

“Academic education is the act of memorizing things read in books, and things told by college professors who got their education mostly by memorizing things read in books and told by college professors.”

– Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, was an American writer, publisher and philosopher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #448

Published November 2, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “The body of a young woman is God’s greatest achievement…Of course, He could have built it to last longer but you can’t have everything.”

 

A. Malcolm X

B. Neil Simon

C. Sir Isaac Newton

 

2. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

 

A. Albert Einstein

B. Michael Jordan

C. John Kenneth Galbraith

 

3. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

 

A. Leon Trotsky

B. John Barrymore

C. Justin Bieber

 

4. “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

 

A. Mark Zuckerberg

B. Mark Trail

C. Mark Twain

 

5. “The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

 

A. Richard Bach

B. Marco Rubio

C. Lewis Carroll

 

6. “Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author.”

 

A. Samuel Adams

B. Samuel L. Jackson

C. Samuel Johnson

 

7. “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

 

A. Alanis Morissette

B. Virginia Woolf

C. Martin O’Malley

 

8. “Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Pope Francis

C. Garrison Keillor

 

9. “Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.”

 

A. Eleanor Roosevelt

B. Martha Washington

C. Michelle Obama

 

10. “We wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought of us if we knew how seldom they did.”

 

A. Wolf Blitzer

B. Cyrano de Bergerac

C. Ann Landers

 

 

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

“I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind… At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy, and wise in spite of themselves.”

― Robertson Davies, 1913-1995, was a Canadian writer, journalist, and professor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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