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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #438

Published August 23, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


 

1. “Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

A. Bruce Lee

B. Bruce Wayne

C. Bruce Springsteen

2. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”

A. Jared Fogle

B. Groucho Marx

C. Muhammad Ali

3. “I always did like a man in uniform. And that one fits you grand. Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”

A. Mamie Eisenhower

B. Sally Field

C. Mae West

4. “The behavior of the insane is merely sane behavior, a bit exaggerated and distorted.”

A. Kevin Bacon

B. George Washington

C. Aldous Huxley

5. “You don’t know what pressure is until you’ve played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket.”

A. Lee Trevino

B. Tiger Woods

C. Smokey Robinson

6. “A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,/  A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread-and Thou/  Beside me singing in the Wilderness-/  O, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”

A. Omar Khayyam

B. Maya Angelou

C. Bob Dylan

7. “Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men.”

A. Chris Christie

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Jacques Cousteau

8. “Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.”

A. Donald Trump

B. Mark Zuckerberg

C. Mao Zedong

9. “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”

A. Gertrude Stein

B. Bette Midler

C. John Steinbeck

10. “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

A. Marilyn Monroe

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Oscar Wilde

 

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

“It’s hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live?”

―Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, was an American journalist and author of “Neurotic’s Notebook.”

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #432

 Published July 12, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


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

A. Warren Buffett

B. Sholem Aleichem

C. Bernie Sanders

2. “Old age is like an airplane flying in a storm. Once you’re in it there’s nothing you can do.”

A. Golda Meir

B. Carrie Underwood

C. Abraham Lincoln

3. “I have found little that is ‘good’ about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash.”

A. Sigmund Freud

B. Joel Osteen

C. Ben Stiller

4. “The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.”

A. Oprah Winfrey

B. Laura Schlessinger

C. Oscar Wilde

5. “The easiest kind of relationship is with ten thousand people, the hardest is with one.”

A. Ringo Starr

B. Joan Baez

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

6. “Poverty is uncomfortable; but 9 times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and be compelled to sink or swim.”

A. Michael Phelps

B. Captain Ahab

C. James A. Garfield

7. “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Lindsey Graham

8. “Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich – simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

A. Dennis Miller

B. Glenn Miller

C. Henry Miller

9. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

A. John Steinbeck

B. William Shakespeare

C. Raúl Castro

10. “Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.”

A. Ted Cruz

B. Ambrose Bierce

C. Arnold Palmer

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

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”

– Robert Hutchins, 1899-1977, was president of the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1951.

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #430

Published June 20-21, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


                       SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY QUIZ

1. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”

A. Miley Cyrus

B. Dick Van Dyke

C. Sigmund Freud

2. “To be a successful father there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”

A. Ernest Hemingway

B. Colin Powell

C. George Washington

3. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.”

A. Macaulay Culkin

B. Tim Russert

C. George Will

4. “It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.”

A. Alice Walker

B. Beyoncé

C. Rosalynn Carter

5. “Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.”

A. Johnny Carson

B. Meryl Streep

C. Aldous Huxley

6. “Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.”

A. Oscar Robertson

B. Oscar de la Renta

C. Oscar Wilde

7. “People see Archie Bunker everywhere. Particularly girls; poor girls, rich girls, all kinds of girls are always coming up to me and telling me that Archie is just like their dad.”

A. Sherman Hemsley

B. Carroll O’Conner

C. Edith Bunker

8. “There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.”

A. Samuel Johnson

B. Jack Johnson

C. Lyndon Johnson

9. “Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.”

A. Floyd Mayweather

B. Red Buttons

C. Ward Cleaver

10. “The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.”

A. Garrison Keillor

B. Vladimir Putin

C. Leonardo da Vinci

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

“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.”

–Harlan Coben, b.1962, writes mystery novels and thrillers.

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #426

Published May 22-24, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)
 

1. “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

 

A. Vincent van Gogh

B. Alger Hiss

C. Whoopi Goldberg

 

2. “Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.”

 

A. Jed Clampett

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

3. “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

 

A. Fidel Castro

B. Lorne Michaels

C. Oscar Wilde

 

4. “There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”

 

A. George Stephanopoulos

B. John Boehner

C. Alexis de Tocqueville

 

5. “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.”

A. Eddie Murphy

B. Eddie Rickenbacker

C. Eddie Haskell

 

6. “Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men. “

 

A. G. K. Chesterton

B. J. K. Rowling

C. Leo Tolstoy

 

7. “The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.”

 

A. Kenny Rogers

B. Christopher Columbus

C. Confucius

 

8. “You know, you get that tattoo of barbed wire when you’re 18, but by the time you’re 80, it’s a picket fence.”

 

A. Madonna

B. Robin Williams

C. Tom Sawyer

 

9. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”

 

A. Sophia Loren

B. Lawrence Welk

C. Lucille Ball

 

10. “A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”

 

A. Perry Mason

B. Robert Frost

C. O. J. Simpson

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

 “Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.”

 –Elsa Schiaparelli, 1890-1973, was an Italian-French designer.

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