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What’s Your QQ*? #356

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published January 19, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

A. H. G. Wells

B. Miguel de Cervantes

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

2. “My apple trees will never get across/ And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him./ He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’”

A. Robert De Niro

B. Robert Mapplethorpe

C. Robert Frost

 

3. “Control over change would seem to consist in moving not with it, but ahead of it.”

A. Marshall McLuhan

B. Edgar Allan Poe

C. Homer Simpson

 

4. “Tar-Baby ain’t sayin’ nuthin’, en Brer Fox he lay low.”

A. Margaret Mitchell

B. Joel Chandler Harris

C. Sesame Street

 

5. “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Voltaire

C. Luke Skywalker

 

6. “Too often I find that the volume of paper expands to fill the available briefcases”

A. Chris Brown

B. Molly Brown

C. Jerry Brown

 

7. “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A. Harper Lee

B. Leonardo DiCaprio

C. Mark Twain

 

8. “When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.”

A. Herman Munster

B. Herman’s Hermits

C. Hermann Hesse

 

9.They paved paradise/ And put up a parking lot.”

A. Joni Mitchell

B. Chris Christie

C. Joan Baez

 

10. “The security we profess to seek in foreign adventures, we will lose in our decaying cities.”

A. Bill de Blasio

B. Martin Luther King, Jr.

C. James Madison

 

 

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

 

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

 (Hall, 1868-1956, wrote a biography of Voltaire, in which she wrote those words as an illustration of his beliefs.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #353

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published December 29, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.”

A. Billy Graham

B. Anaïs Nin

C. Neil Armstrong

 

2. “Don’t you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy, she’ll beat you if she’s able. You know, the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet.”

A. The Eagles

B. The Byrds

C. The Yardbirds

 

3. ”Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.’

A. Bill Clinton

B. Ronald Reagan

C. John Quincy Adams

 

4. “Damn with faint praise.”

A. John Steinbeck

B. Charles Lindbergh

C. Alexander Pope

 

5. “A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars – billions upon billions of stars.”

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Carl Sagan

C. Andy Griffith

 

6. “We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.”

A. Voltaire

B. Betsy Ross

C. Felix Mendelssohn

 

7. “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.”

A. Grover Cleveland

B. George Washington

C. Richard Nixon

 

8. “Years ago a person, he was unhappy, didn’t know what to do with himself–he go to church, start a revolution–something. Today you’re unhappy? Can’t figure it out?–what is the salvation?–go shopping.”

A. Arthur Miller

B. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

C. Arthur C. Clarke

 

9. “I found that all through the years you never appreciate anything if you get it in a hurry.”

A. Alan Greenspan

B. Joseph Stalin

C. Ella Fitzgerald

 

10. “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

A. Ellen Goodman

B. Ellen DeGeneres

C. Ellen Page

 

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

 “A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” ― Aberjhani

 (Aberjhani, b. 1957, is an American historian, journalist, novelist, poet and editor).

 


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What’s Your QQ*? #339

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published September 22, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, only one thing endures and that is character.”

A. Horace Greeley

B. Arnold Schwarzenegger

C. Babe Ruth

2. “A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she’s a tramp.”

A. John Stuart Mill

B. Lady Bird Johnson

C. Joan Rivers

3. “Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.”

A. Barack Obama

B. Oscar Wilde

C. k. d. lang

4. “If, of all words of tongue and pen,/ The saddest are, ‘It might have been,’/ More sad are these we daily see:/ ‘It is, but hadn’t ought to be’.”

A. Bret Harte

B. Jon Stewart

C. Louisa May Alcott

5. “Life resembles the banquet of Damocles; the sword is ever suspended.”

A. King Arthur

B. Voltaire

C. Michael Jackson

6. “When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I’m only really alive when I’m writing.”

A. Thomas Paine

B. William Shakespeare

C. Tennessee Williams

7. “What is broken is broken – and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.

A. Dennis Mitchell

B. Margaret Mitchell

C. Joni Mitchell

8. “The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘check enclosed.’”

A. Dorothy Parker

B. Carrie Underwood

C. Abraham Lincoln

9. “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

A. Ichabod Crane

B. Mick Jagger

C. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

10. “More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

A. Socrates

B. Marvin Hamlisch

C. Woody Allen

 

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

 “Half the work that is done in the world is to make things appear what they are not.”

 –  Erastus Flavel Beadle

 (Beadle, 1821-1894, was a pioneer in publishing pulp fiction.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ? #308

Published February 17, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald

Who said?

“The history of man is a series of conspiracies to win from nature some advantage without paying for it.” 

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are two kinds of fool. One says, ‘This is old, and therefore good.’ And one says, ‘This is new, and therefore better.’ ” – John Brunner

 (Brunner, 1934-1995, was a British science fiction author.”

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