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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #424

Published May 8-10, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)
 

 SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY EDITION

1. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”

 

A. Oprah Winfrey

B. Louis Pasteur

C. Kim Kardashian

 

2. “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”

 

A. Noah Webster

B. Arnold Schwarzenegger

C. Ambrose Bierce

 

3. “It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.”

 

A. Bob Barker

B. Phyllis Diller

C. Pope Benedict XVI

 

4. “Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”

 

A. Satchel Paige

B. Aristotle

C. Joseph Stalin

 

5. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”

 

A. Oscar Mayer

B. Oscar Pistorius

C. Oscar Wilde

 

6. “There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness… The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.”

 

A. Andrew Jackson

B. Ralph Nader

C. Mao Tse-Tung

 

7. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

 

A. Rocky Marciano

B. Charles Darwin

C. Milton Berle

 

8. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

 

A. Al Capone

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. J. D. Salinger

 

9. “A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.”

 

A. Robert Frost

B. Robert Reich

C. Robert De Niro

 

10. “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Taylor Swift

C. James Joyce

 

 

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

 “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”

 ― Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879-1958, was an American educational reformer, social activist, and author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #418

(Published March 27, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


 

1. “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.”

 

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Tom Bodett

C. Charles Kuralt

 

2. “Human beings can attain a worthy and harmonious life only if they are able to rid themselves, within the limits of human nature, of striving to fulfill wishes of the material kind.”

 

A. Sam Walton

B. Albert Einstein

C. Ted Cruz

 

3. “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”

 

A. Henry Kissinger

B. Marilyn Monroe

C. Dr. Ruth Westheimer

 

4. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”

 

A. Jimmy Stewart

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Jimi Hendrix

 

5. “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Nat King Cole

C. Oscar Wilde

 

6. “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”

 

A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Joseph Goebbels

C. Julie Andrews

 

7. “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.”

 

A. Grover Cleveland

B. Hillary Clinton

C. Susan B. Anthony

 

8. “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”

 

A. Oliver North

B. Oliver Hardy

C. Oliver Twist

 

9. “A photograph is not an accident—it is a concept. It exists at, or before, the moment of exposure of the negative.”

 

A. Ansel Adams

B. René Descartes

C. Mathew Brady

 

10. “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”

 

A. Ted Cruz

B. Leonardo da Vinci

C. Julia Child

 

 

 

 

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

 “We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” ― Robert Wilensky

 (Wilensky, 1951-2013, was a computer science professor at UC Berkeley.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #414

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published March 1, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle.)

 

1. “Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant!”

 

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Kramden

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

2. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’”

 

A. C.S. Lewis

B. J.K. Rowling

C. R.J. Reynolds

 

3. “There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.”

 

A. Henry VIII

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Lady Gaga

 

4. “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

 

A. Paul Simon

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Charles Dickens

 

5. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

 

A. Mickey Mantle

B. John Kerry

C. Oscar Wilde

 

6. “War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong;

and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Chris Kyle

C. Genghis Khan

 

7. “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. Henry Miller

B. Dennis Miller

C. Stephanie Miller

 

8. “Mass demand has been created almost entirely through

the development of advertising.”

 

A. Calvin Coolidge

B. Don Draper

C. Marco Polo

 

9. “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”

 

A. Charles Manson

B. Voltaire

C. Alexander Hamilton

 

10. “There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.”

 

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Benedict Cumberbatch

C. Albert Einstein

 

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

 “As novices, we think we’re entirely responsible for the way people treat us. I have long since learned that we are responsible only for the way we treat people.”- Rose Wilder Lane

 (Lane, 1886-1968, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was a writer and libertarian theorist.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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