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What’s Your QQ*? #388

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 31, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

 

A. Bill Cosby

B. Raymond Burr

C. David Carradine

 

2. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

 

A. Rutherford B. Hayes

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Justin Bieber

 

3. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

 

A. George Burns

B. Satchel Paige

C. Mark Twain

 

4. “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

 

A. Usain Bolt

B. Muhammad Ali

C. Orson Welles

 

5. “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

 

A. George Gershwin

B. Winston Churchill

C. Tiger Woods

 

6. “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

 

A. Joseph Stalin

B. Jodie Foster

C. Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

7. “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Ricky Ricardo

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

8. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

 

A. Albert Camus

B. Forrest Gump

C. Willy Wonka

 

9. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

 

A. Frank Sinatra

B. Chaz Bono

C. Ernest Hemingway

 

10. “Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.”

 

A. Ed Sullivan

B. Dorothy Parker

C. Fidel Castro

 

 

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

 

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” — Bill Dodds

 (Dodds is a poet and novelist for young readers.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #315

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published April 7, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 

1. “I’m the big rubber clown doll you had as a kid, and every time you hit it, it bounces back. That’s me. The harder you hit me, the faster I come back up.”

A. Ronald McDonald

B. Bill Clinton

C. Tiger Woods

2. “Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand

to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.”

A. Carl Sandberg

B. Lou Gehrig

C. Albert Einstein

3. “Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Billy Graham

C. Bob Costas

4. “Tomorrow is the mysterious, unknown guest.”

A. H. G. Wells

B. Norman Bates

C. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 5. “My grandmother was a very tough woman. She buried three husbands and two of them were just napping.

A. Piers Morgan

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Rita Rudner

6. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

A. John Belushi

B. Muhammad Ali

C. Mikhail Baryshnikov

7. “Freedom, well, that’s just some people talking. Your prison is walking through this world all alone.”

A. The Kinks

B. The Eagles

C. The Doors

8. “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”

A. George Will

B. Paul Krugman

C. Vince Lombardi

 9. “What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”

A. George Lopez

B. George W. Bush

C. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 

10. “Why should we take advice on sex from the Pope?  If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t.”

A. Samuel Alito

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Ricky Ricardo

 

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

 “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” – Doug Larson

 (Larson, b. 1926, was a syndicated newspaper columnist based in Wisconsin.)

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #232

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Immortality consists largely of boredom.” — Zephrem Cochrane

 (Cochrane is a fictional Star Wars scientist who is credited as the inventor of warp drive on Earth.)


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