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What’s Your QQ*? #420

(Published April 11, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


 

1. “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

 

A. King Midas

B. Mahatma Gandhi

C. Mitt Romney

 

2. “I love tranquil solitude / And such society / As is quiet, wise, and good.”

 

A. Percy Bysshe Shelley

B. George Harrison

C. Allen Ginsberg

 

3. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

 

A. Herman Melville

B. Herman Cain

C. Herman Munster

 

4. “By faithfully working eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”

 

A. Joseph McCarthy

B. Muhammad Ali

C. Robert Frost

 

5. “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

 

A. Jeff Bezos

B. Hillary Clinton

C. Thomas Paine

 

6. “This above all: To thine own self, be true.”

 

A. Joe Namath

B. William Shakespeare

C. Bertrand Russell

 

7. “We pick politicians by how they look on TV and Miss America on where she stands on the issues. Isn’t that a little backwards?”

 

A. Jay Leno

B. Isaac Newton

C. Bert Parks

 

8. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

 

A. Marsha Brady

B. Jerry Brown

C. Leo Tolstoy

 

9. “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

 

A. Joe Biden

B. James Madison

C. Greta Garbo

 

10. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

 

A. Carl Jung

B. Rand Paul

C. Mark Twain

 

 

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

 

“Advice is like kissing: it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.”

–Josh Billings

 

(Billings, 1818-1885, was the pen name of humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw. Billings died in Monterey, CA, as chronicled by John Steinbeck in Chapter 12 of “Cannery Row.”) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #417

(Published March 22, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


 

1. “The trick in life isn’t getting what you want, my dear, it’s wanting it after you get it.”

 

A. Katharine Hepburn

B. Fyodor Dostoevsky

C. Eldridge Cleaver

 

2. “If all the young ladies who attended the Yale promenade dance were laid end to end, no one would be the least surprised.”

 

A. Irving Berlin

B. John Kerry

C. Dorothy Parker

 

3. “Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Albert Einstein

C. Jennifer Lopez

 

4. “The thought of death has now become a part of my life. I read the obituaries every day just for the satisfaction of not seeing my name there.”

 

A. Neil Simon

B. Neil deGrasse Tyson

C. Neil Patrick Harris

 

5. “Fame is a fickle food/ Upon a shifting plate.”

 

A. Rachael Ray

B. Emily Dickinson

C. Donald Trump

 

 6. “We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.”

 

A. Yogi Berra

B. Whoopi Goldberg

C. Henry Ward Beecher

 

7. “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”

 

A. Charlie Chaplin

B. Ringo Starr

C. Anwar al-Sadat

 

8. “Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?”

 

A. Steven Spielberg

B. Steven Wright

C. Steven Seagal

 

9. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”

 

A. Marcel Marceau

B. Salvador Dali

C. Mark Twain

 

10. “Every relationship you are in will fail, until one doesn’t.”

 

A. Dan Savage

B. Larry King

C. Al Jolson

 

 

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

 

“Mankind is safer when men seek pleasure than when they seek the power and the glory.”

―Geoffrey Gorer

 

(Gorer, 1905-1985, was an English anthropologist and author.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #411

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published February 8, 2015 at Montereyherald.com.)

 

1. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

 

A. LaVar Burton

B. Maya Angelou

C. Lindsey Graham

 

2. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

 

A. “Superman”

B. “Peter Pan”

C. “E.T.”

 

3. “The whole point about corruption in politics is that it can’t be done, or done properly, without a bipartisan consensus.”

 

A. Christopher Hitchens

B. Ted Kennedy

C. Nikola Tesla

 

4. “Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”

 

A. Marshawn Lynch

B. Billy Graham

C. Hunter S. Thompson

 

5. “We are working together to establish a process that honors a terminally ill patient’s right to make informed decisions about dying, including an individual’s option to reduce suffering by taking aid-in-dying medication.”

 

A. Sarah Palin

B. Sen. Bill Monning

C. Arnold Swarzenegger

 

6. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

 

A. Pete Rose

B. Henry Kissinger

C. Mark Twain

 

7. “Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”

 

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Gerald Ford

C. Pete Carroll

 

8. “When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

 

A. Grandma Moses

B. Pablo Picasso

C. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

 

9. “In 5-billion years the Sun will expand & engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day.”

 

A. Neil deGrasse Tyson

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Jim Vanderzwaan

 

10. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

 

A. Dr. Spock

B. Dr. Seuss

C. Dr. Oz

 

 

 

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

“You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.” – Emery Allen

 (Allen wrote a book of poetry titled “Become.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #409

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published January 25, 2015 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

 

1. “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

 

A. Douglas Adams

B. John Boehner

C. Leonard Hofstadter

 

2. “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

 

A. Eddie Rickenbacker

B. Bob Hope

C. George Bernard Shaw

 

3. “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.”

 

A. Wolfgang Puck

B. Mark Twain

C. John F. Kennedy

 

4. “Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.”

 

A. Fran Lebowitz

B. Dr. Benjamin Spock

C. Sir Isaac Newton

 

5. “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

 

A. Tom Hanks

B. Voltaire

C. Corporal Klinger

 

6. “The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.”

 

A. Whitney Young

B. Neil Diamond

C. Cleopatra

 

7. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

 

A. Boris Pasternak

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Dr. Seuss

 

8. “It is a government of the people by the people for the people no longer; it is a government of corporations by corporations for corporations.”

 

A. Bob Dole

B. Louis Pasteur

C. Rutherford B. Hayes

 

9. “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

 

A. J. K. Rowling

B. P. J. O’Rourke

C. G. K. Chesterton

 

10. “Formula for success – rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

 

A. J. Paul Getty

B. Warren Buffett

C. George W. Bush

 

 

 

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

 

“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” – Shirley Jackson

 (Jackson, 1916-1965, was known for her stories and novels of the supernatural.)

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