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What’s Your QQ*? #381

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 13, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

 

A. Redd Foxx

B. Jane Fonda

C. George Will

 

2. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”

 

A. Pope John Paul II

B. Raymond Chandler

C. A. A. Milne

 

3. “The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”

 

A. Karl Marx

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Edward R. Murrow

 

4. “The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask.”

 

A. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

B. Lindsey Graham

C. Jim Carrey

 

5. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

 

A. Leonardo da Vinci

B. Jessica Simpson

C. Chiang Kai-shek

 

6. “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”

 

A. Confucius

B. Erle Stanley Gardner

C. Rudyard Kipling

 

7. “Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”

 

A. Harry Potter

B. Beatrix Potter

C. Henry F. Potter

 

8. “The war on privilege will never end. Its next great campaign will be against the privileges of the underprivileged.”        

 

A. H. L. Mencken

B. Warren G. Harding

C. Buddy Ebsen

 

9. “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”

 

A. Ulysses S. Grant

B. Prince Philip

C. Louis Pasteur

 

10. “Humanity i love you because/ when you’re hard up you pawn your/

   intelligence to buy a drink.”

 

A. Dean Martin

B. Omar Khayyam

C. E.E. Cummings

 

 

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

 “Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open arms into their misfortune?” – Elias Canetti

 (Canetti, 1905-1994, a Bulgarian-born writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #373

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 18, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

1. “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

A. Mark Zuckerberg

B. Mark McGwire

C. Mark Twain

 

2. “Cowards die many times before their deaths;/ The valiant never taste of death but once.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Ernest Hemingway

C. King Arthur

 

3. “A good part of any day in Los Angeles is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.”

A. Jack Nicholson

B. Joan Didion

C. Mahatma Gandhi

 

4. “History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.”

A. Martin Luther King, Jr.

B. Queen Elizabeth II

C. Harry Truman

 

 5. “In olden days a glimpse of stocking/ Was looked on as something shocking/ But now, Heaven knows,/ Anything goes.”

A. Natalie Cole

B. Nat King Cole

C. Cole Porter

 

6. “There is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”

A. Charles Manson

B. Herman Melville

C. Dr. Doolittle

 

7. “People who don’t know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.”

A. Henrik Ibsen

B. Richard Simmons

C. William Howard Taft

 

8. “Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.”

A. Drew Barrymore

B. Chris Christie

C. Bob Hope

 

9. “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Arne Duncan

C. Thomas Edison

 

10. “It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right.”

A. J. K. Rowling

B. E. B. White

C. J. D. Salinger

 

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

 “Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.” – Roger Babson

 (Babson, 1875-1967, an American business educator, writer and statistician, founded three colleges.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #372

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 11, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.”

A. Gerald Ford

B. Coco Chanel

C. Amelia Earhart

 

2. “Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”

A. Voltaire

B. Gustav Mahler

C. Dr. Mehmet Oz

 

3. “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Carl Jung

C. Cinderella

 

4. “I am the people–the mob–the crowd–the mass./ Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?”

A. Mormon Tabernacle Choir

B. Jane Austen

C. Carl Sandburg

 

5. “Fake food – I mean those patented substances chemically flavored and mechanically bulked out to kill the appetite and deceive the gut – is unnatural, almost immoral, a bane to good eating and good cooking.”

A. Julia Child

B. Paula Deen

C. Jimmy Dean

 

6. “If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.”

A. Robert McNamara

B. Spock

C. Jacques Cousteau

 

7. “The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery.”

A. Eugene Debs

B. Clyde Barrow

C. Charles Koch

 

8. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”

A. Yo-Yo Ma

B. Helen Keller

C. Joseph McCarthy

 

9. “Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor is provided to console him from what he is.”

A. Jerry Seinfeld

B. George Washington

C. Oscar Wilde

 

10. “There can’t be a crisis next week, my schedule is already full.”

A. Henry Kissinger

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Henry Ford

 

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

 “Laugh, and the world laughs with you;/ Weep, and you weep alone.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 (Wilcox, 1850-1919, was an American author and poet.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #363

*Quotation Quotient

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

1. “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Pink

C. Margaret Mitchell

 

2. “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”

A. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

B. Mario Cuomo

C. Richard Nixon

 

3. “Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.”

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Salvador Dali

 

4. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

A. Jack Kerouac

B. Willard Scott

C. Bob Dylan

 

5. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

A. Earvin “Magic” Johnson

B. Lyndon Johnson

C. Samuel Johnson

 

6. “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Nat King Cole

C. Calvin Coolidge

 

7. “Show me a good and gracious loser and I will show you a failure.”

A. John Wooden

B. Knute Rockne

C. Charlie Chaplin

 

8. “[It is] forbidden to ever make peace with a monarch, a prince or a people who have not submitted.”

A. Genghis Khan

B. Robert E. Lee

C. Barack Obama

 

9. “The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby.”

A. Natalie Wood

B. William McKinley

C. Princess Diana

 

10. “Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Aldous Huxley

C. Ellen DeGeneres

 

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

 “The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”

- Joseph Addison

 (Addison, 1672-1719, was an English politician and writer.)

 

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