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What’s Your QQ*? #364

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 16, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”

A. F. Lee Bailey

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. F. Murray Abraham

 

2. “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

A. John  F. Kennedy

B. Al Bundy

C. H. G. Wells

 

3. “The longing for certainty… is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.”

A. Eartha Kitt

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes

C. Ring Lardner

 

4. “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Franklin Roosevelt

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

5. “It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work – the night watchman.”

A. Bruce Willis

B. Tallulah Bankhead

C. Marie Antoinette

 

6. “Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop bam boom.”

A. Mick Jagger

B. Pat Boone

C. Little Richard

 

7. “Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.”

A. Leonardo da Vinci

B. Robin Thicke

C. Stephen King

 

8. “I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.”

A. George M. Cohan

B. Margaret Mead

C. Noah Webster

 

9. “A cult is a religion with no political power.”

A. Pope Francis

B. Laura Ingalls Wilder

C. Tom Wolfe

 

10. “As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space–it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.”

A. Hubert H. Humphrey

B. Louis XVI

C. Neil Armstrong

 

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

 “There are people who not only strive to remain static themselves but strive to keep everything else so … their position is almost laughably hopeless.” – Odell Shepard

 (Shepard, 1884-1967, was an American professor, politician, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.)

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #359

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published February 9, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he’ll spin six or seven plates in the air? Acting sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.”

A. William Shatner

B. Emmet Kelly

C. Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

2. “We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

A. H.G. Wells

B. Orson Welles

C. Wells Fargo

 

3. “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

A. Marlene Dietrich

B. Mitch McConnell

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

4. “If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”

A. H.L. Mencken

B. Hannibal Lecter

C. John Adams

 

5. “The important thing about women today is, as they get older, they still keep house. It’s one reason why they don’t die, but men die when they retire. Women just polish the teacups.”

A. Rihanna

B. Margaret Mead

C. Charles Darwin

 

6. “Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those peepers?”

A. Johnny Cash

B. Johnny Depp

C. Johnny Mercer

 

7. “What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it…. which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’”

A. Thomas Paine

B. Robert A. Heinlein

C. P.T. Barnum

 

8. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.”

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes

B. Alexander Graham Bell

C. Neil Patrick Harris

 

9. “I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.”

A. H. Ross Perot

B. R. Buckminster Fuller

C. J. Edgar Hoover

 

10. “He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in.”

A. Ursula Le Guin

B. John McCain

C. Kim Kardashian

 

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

 “Only the man who has enough good in him to feel the justice of the penalty can be punished; the others can only be hurt.” ―William Ernest Hocking

 (Hocking, 1873-1966, was an American philosopher and author.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ* #329

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published July 14, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Sophia Loren

C. Dag Hammarskjold

2. “So long as there’s a bit of a laugh going, things are all right. As soon as this infernal seriousness, like a greasy sea, heaves up, everything is lost.”        

A. Martin Lawrence

B. Lawrence of Arabia

C. D. H. Lawrence

3. “A sense of wrongdoing is an enhancement of pleasure.”

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes

B. Anthony Weiner

C. Billy Graham

4. “How smart does a chimpanzee have to be before killing him constitutes murder?”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Sam Waterston

C. Fay Wray

5. “The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.”

A. Edward Scissorhands

B. Edward Snowden

C. Edward R. Murrow

6. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

A. Archie Bunker

B. Sholom Aleichem

C. Karl Marx

7. “I’ve never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.”

A. Paul Harvey

B. Holden Caulfield

C. George Washington

8. “What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”

A. Anna Quindlen

B. Anna Karenina

C. Roseanne Roseannadanna

9. “Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.”

A. John Glenn

B. Jimmy Durante

C. Otis Elevator Company

10. “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work … I want to achieve immortality through not dying.”

A. Ponce de Leon

B. Henri Matisse

C. Woody Allen

 

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

“Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.”

- Havelock Ellis

 (Ellis, 1859-1939, was a British psychologist best know for his work on human sexuality.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #292

Published October 28, 2012 in the Monterey County Herald

Who was the person who died last week and once said:

“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” (see quote #10)

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Any man who is really a man must learn to be alone in the midst of others, to think alone for others, and, if necessary, against others.” – Romaine Rolland

 (Rolland, 1866-1944, was a Nobel Prize-winning French writer.)

 

 

 

 

 

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