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What’s Your QQ*? #415

(Published March 8, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)

 

1. “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

 

A. Plato

B. Sarah Palin

C. Auguste Rodin

 

2.  “The world itself is but a large prison,out of which some are daily led to execution.”

 

A. Sir Edmund Hillary

B. Sir Paul McCartney

C. Sir Walter Raleigh

 

3. “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”

 

A. Carl Sandburg

B. Britney Spears

C. John Dillinger

 

4. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

 

A. L. Frank Baum

B. J.R.R. Tolkien

C. J.D. Salinger

 

5. “Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.”

 

A. Sylvia Browne

B. Sylvia Plath

C. Sylvia Panetta

 

6. “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”

 

A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Jack Nicholson

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

7. “A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”

 

A. Lyndon B. Johnson

B. Al Gore

C. Millard Fillmore

 

8. “Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime,/

And, departing, leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time.”

 

A. John Lennon

B. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

C. John Steinbeck

 

9. “I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.”

 

A. Steven Wright

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Mr. Magoo

 

10. “If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true.”

 

A. Neil Patrick Harris

B. Neil Diamond

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

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

 “We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.” -Simon Newcomb (1888)

 (Newcomb, 1835-1909, was a Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, and co-founder of  the American Astronomical Society.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #412

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published February 15, 2015 at Montereyherald.com.)

 

1. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy.”

 

A. George Washington

B. Bruce Jenner

C. Brian Williams

 

2. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,/ Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

 

A. C. S. Forester

B. Sam Smith

C. William Shakespeare

 

3. “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.”

 

A. John Stuart Mill

B. Pharrell Williams

C. Hugh Hefner

 

4. “Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.”

 

A. P. J. O’Rourke

B. Abner Doubleday

C. Doris Day

 

5. “If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.”

 

A. David Letterman

B. Warren Buffett

C. Plato

 

6. “You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams.”

 

A. Rita Rudner

B. “Sully” Sullenberger

C. Mark Twain

 

7. “The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.”

 

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Davis Love III

 

8. “Three things too much, and three too little are pernicious to man: to speak much, and know little; to spend much, and have little; to presume much, and be worth little.”

 

A. Martin Luther King, Jr.

B. Joe Namath

C. Miguel de Cervantes

 

9. “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

 

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

B. Lemony Snicket

C. Ulysses S. Grant

 

10. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

 

A. Ava DuVernay

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Thomas Jefferson

 

 

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

 

“When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.” – Bruno Cavaleiro

 (The identity of Cavaleiro is unclear.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #398

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 9, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones”

 

A. Renée Zellweger

B. John Lennon

C. Christopher Columbus

 

2. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

 

A. Thurgood Marshall

B. Stephen Colbert

C. Aristotle

 

3. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

 

A. Count Basie

B. Arthur Fonzarelli

C. Albert Einstein

 

4. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

 

A. Plato

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Edmund Hillary

 

5. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  

 

A. Betsy Ross

B. Winston Churchill

C. Vincent Van Gogh

 

6. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

 

A. Margaret Sanger

B. Margaret Mitchell

C. Margaret Thatcher

 

7. “I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

 

A. James K. Polk

B. Donald Trump

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

8. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

 

A. John Maynard Keynes

B. Bill Nye

C. Orville Redenbacher

 

9. “She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to.”

 

A. Gypsy Rose Lee

B. Matthew McConaughey

C. Madison Bumgarner

 

10. “The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.”

 

A. Jerry Brown

B. Napoleon Bonaparte

C. Andy Warhol

 

 

 

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

 

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

 (Furtick, b. 1980, is a North Carolina pastor and author.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #384

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 3, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Many a true word is spoken in jest.”

 

A. Johnny Carson

B. Geoffrey Chaucer

C. Che Guevara

 

2. “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. John Hancock

C. Thomas Paine

 

3. “There are no facts, only interpretations.”

 

A. Friedrich Nietzsche

B. Buster Posey

C. Bill O’Reilly

 

4. “When meditating over a disease, I never think of finding a remedy for it, but, instead a means of preventing it.”

 

A. Bill Gates

B. Louis Pasteur

C. Doogie Howser

 

5. “All that we see or seem/ Is but a dream within a dream.”

 

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Sigmund Freud

C. Carrie Underwood

 

6. “You may say I’m a dreamer/ But I’m not the only one.”

 

A. Ringo Starr

B. Bruno Mars

C. John Lennon

 

7. “I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband.”

 

A. Hillary Clinton

B. Pat Nixon

C. Sarah Palin

 

8. “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

 

A. Milton Berle

B. Plato

C. John Boehner

 

9. “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

 

A. J.R.R. Tolkien

B. J.D. Salinger

C. J.K. Rowling

 

10. “If God were alive today, He’d be an atheist.”

 

A. Billy Graham

B. Franklin D. Roosevelt

C. Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

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

 

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” – Mary Kay Ash

 (Ash, 1918-2001, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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