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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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What’s Your QQ*? #376

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 8, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

A. Hannibal Lecter

B. Maya Angelou

C. Ron Weasley

 

2. “Nothing can be more useful to a man than the determination not to be hurried.”

A. Justin Timberlake

B. Arnold Schwarzenegger

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

3. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

A. Isaac Newton

B. Isaac Asimov

C. Isaac Hayes

 

4. “The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”

A. Marilyn Monroe

B. James Monroe

C. James Madison

 

5. “Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it.”

A. Alan Watts

B. Beatrix Potter

C. Al Gore

 

6. “It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Carl Karcher

 

7. “Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children

to spend their weekends with?”

A. Sandra Bullock

B. Kate Middleton

C. Rita Rudner

 

8. “Dance till the stars come down from the rafters/ Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.”

A. Arthur Murray

B. W.H. Auden

C. Jane Fonda

 

9. “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”

A. Dwight Eisenhower

B. Babe Ruth

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

10. “God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.”

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Joel Osteen

C. Walt Disney

 

 

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

 “All sweeping assertions are erroneous.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

 (Landon, 1802-1838, was an English poet and novelist.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ?* #332

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published August 4, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

A. Billy Barty

B. Neil Diamond

C. Maya Angelou

2. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

A. Lindsay Lohan

B. Nelson Mandela

C. Bradley Manning

3. “I was so self -conscious, every time football players went into a huddle, I thought they were talking about me.”

A. Jackie Mason

B. William Rehnquist

C. Pat Summerall

4. “Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.”

A. Carl Yastrzemski

B. Carl Cherry

C. Carl Jung

5. “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

A. Andrew Sullivan

B. Winston Churchill

C. Joseph Stalin

6. “I am not young enough to know everything.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Humphrey Bogart

C. Lisa Kudrow

7. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

A. Ricky Ricardo

B. Leonardo da Vinci

C. Ingrid Bergman

8. “My success has depended wholly on putting things over on people, so I’m not sure that I’m that great a role model. I am, however, an experton pretending to be an expert on pretending to be an expert.”

A. Meryl Streep

B. Bill O’Reilly

C. Peyton Manning

9. “God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.”

A. Anthony Weiner

B. Robin Williams

C. Jonas Salk

10. “If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane.”

A. Abraham Maslow

B. Sirhan Sirhan

C. Jimmy Buffett

 

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

 “We have to get it into our heads once and for all that we cannot settle disputes by eliminating human beings.” – Jeannette Rankin

 (Rankin, 1880-1973, from Montana, was the first woman in the U.S. Congress, and a lifelong pacifist. She died in Carmel.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #309

Published February 24, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald

Who said?

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Why are we so fond of that life which begins with a cry and ends with a groan?” – Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick

 (Rich, 1625-1678, was an introspective religious diarist and autobiographer.)

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