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What’s Your QQ*? #414


(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



 “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*? #368


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

1. “Hitch your wagon to a star.”

A. Jiminy Cricket

B. Ward Bond

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson


2. “I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.”

A. Taylor Swift

B. Judy Garland

C. Mae West


3. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Jules Verne

C. Davy Crockett


4. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

A. Harry Houdini

B. Woodrow Wilson

C. Barack Obama


5. “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Geronimo

C. William Tecumseh Sherman


6. “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. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. Arthur Treacher

C. William Shakespeare


7. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

A. George W. Bush

B. Vincent van Gogh

C. Oliver Cromwell


8. “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”

A. Rush Limbaugh

B. Frank Underwood

C. W.C. Fields


9. “I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Bill Clinton

C. Jascha Heifetz


10. “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”

A. Jack Nicholson

B. David Letterman

C. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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



“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.― Mary Wollstonecraft

 (Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797, was an English writer and feminist philosopher.)








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What’s Your QQ*? #366

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 30, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)


1. “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

A. Eric Hoffer

B. Eric Clapton

C. Eric Cantor


2. “No man ever yet became great by imitation.”

A. Elvis Presley

B. Jimmy Fallon

C. Samuel Johnson


3. “You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.”

A. John Barrymore

B. Condoleezza Rice

C. Paul McCartney


4. “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

A. Phil Bowhay

B. Thomas Jefferson

C. Rupert Murdoch


5. “Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.”

A. Kim Jong-un

B. Bill Mahr

C. Aldous Huxley


6. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Groucho Marx

C. Jack LaLanne


7. “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.”

A. Immanuel Kant

B. Dorothy Parker

C. Mario Andretti


8. “Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.”

A. Marilu Henner

B. Mathew Brady

C. Steven Wright


9. “She wears her clothes as if they are thrown on with a pitchfork”

A. Jonathan Swift

B. Chelsea Handler

C. Donatella Versace


10. “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

A. Jerry Lewis

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Warren G. Harding



Answers1-A, 2- C, 3-A, 4-B , 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



 “The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other’s dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.”

– Cyril Connolly

 (Connolly, 1903-1974, was an English novelist and literary critic.)



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What’s Your QQ*? #346

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published November 10, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “‘You are old, father William,’ the young man said,/  ‘And your hair has become very white;/ And yet you incessantly stand on your head/  Do you think, at your age, it is right?'”

A. William the Conqueror  

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Father Junipero Serra

2. “Nothing marks the change from the city to the country so much as the absence of grinding noises. The country is never silent. But its sounds are separate, distinct, and as it were, articulate.”

A. Henry Ward Beecher

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Frank Sinatra

3. “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

A. R. Kelly

B. C. Everett Koop

C. O. Henry

4. “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

A. Friedrich Nietzsche

B. Mary Shelley

C. Lon Chaney

5. “‘Tis an old maxim in the schools,/ That flattery’s the food of fools;/

Yet now and then your men of wit/ Will condescend to take a bit.”

A. Jonathan Swift

B. Will Rogers

C. Mae West

6. “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” 

A. Ted Cruz

B. Thomas Jefferson

C. Steve Carell

7. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

A. Dr. Jekyll

B. Emmett Kelly

C. Abraham Lincoln

8. “Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive. ”

A. Emily Dickinson

B. John Kenneth Galbraith

C. Michael Bloomberg

9. “We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers – we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals.” 

A. Erich Maria Remarque

B. Erich Fromm

C. Eric Clapton

10. “A fool learns from his experience. A wise person learns from the experience of others.” 

A. Walter White

B. Vladimir Lenin

C. Otto von Bismarck

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


“We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but by then we realize it and admit it.” – Jules Renard

 (Renard, 1864-1910, was a French author.)



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