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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #431

Published June 27-28, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


 

1. “New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

A. Paul Simon

B. Lao Tzu

C. Gilda Radner

2. “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”

A. Charles Addams

B. Reese Witherspoon

C. Benjamin Franklin

3. “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”

A. Muhammad Ali

B. Harpo Marx

C. Frankie Valli

4. “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”

A. Dwight D. Eisenhower

B. William Tecumseh Sherman

C. Colin Powell

5. “I’ve always wanted to sell out. The problem is nobody wanted to buy me.” 

A. John F. Kennedy

B. John Wayne

C. John Waters

6. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

A. Maya Angelou

B. Jordan Spieth

C. Elizabeth Taylor

7. “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

A. Jeb Bush

B. Dalai Lama

C. Jules Verne

8. “Hey, hey, easy, kids. Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes . . . or perhaps you don’t want to see the second-largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?”

A. “Jurassic Park”

B. “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

C. “The Brady Bunch”

9. “Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

A. Will Durant

B. Eddie Haskell

C. Henry Ford

10. “The central question is whether the wonderfully diverse and gifted assemblage of human beings on this earth really knows how to run a civilization.”

A. Vince Lombardi

B. Jake Gyllenhaal

C. Adlai Stevenson

 

 

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

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

-Earl Nightingale, 1921-1989, was an American radio personality and motivational speaker

 

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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*? #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* #385

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 10, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

 

A. Clarence Thomas

B. Shirley MacLaine

C. Maya Angelou

 

2. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

 

A. Casey Kasem

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Edwin Hubble

 

3. “Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.”

 

A. Aristotle

B. Bernie Sanders

C. Benito Mussolini

 

4. “Driving that train, high on cocaine/ Casey Jones you’d better watch your speed/ Trouble ahead, trouble behind/ And you know that notion/  just crossed my mind.

 

A. Billy Joel

B. The O’Jays

C. Grateful Dead

 

5. “All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.”

 

A. Galileo Galilei

B. Joan Rivers

C. Adlai E. Stevenson

 

6. “We expect more of ourselves than we have any right to.”

 

A. LeBron James

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

C. William McKinley

 

7. “There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.”

 

A. Howard Stern

B. Washington Irving

C. Billy the Kid

 

8. “Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.”

 

A. Herbert Spencer

B. Dick Cheney

C. Jeffrey Dahmer

 

9. “The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I’d make all the same mistakes – only sooner.”

 

A. Rosalynn Carter

B. John Denver

C. Tallulah Bankhead

 

10. “[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.”

 

A. A.A. Milne

B. J. Edgar Hoover

C. Jon Stewart

 

 

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

 “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr

Niebuhr, 1892-1971, a theolo gian and social activist, authored the Serenity Prayer. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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