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What’s Your QQ*? #379

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 29, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”

 

A. Indiana Jones

B. Georgia O’Keeffe

C. Tennessee Williams

 

2. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

 

A. Cliff Clavin

B. Cliff Huxtable

C. Aldous Huxley

 

3. “In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”

 

A. Jeb Bush

B. Charles de Gaulle

C. Ann B. Davis

 

4. “Thou driftest gently down the tides of sleep.”

 

A. Lewis Carroll

B. Robinson Crusoe

C. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

5. “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

 

A. Voltaire

B. Marcus Welby

C. Jefferson Davis

 

6. “Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.”

 

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. George Washington Carver

C. George Armstrong Custer

 

7. “There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.”

 

A. Dennis Mitchell

B. Al Capone

C. G. K. Chesterton

 

8. “Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,/ Far, far away,/ Dere’s wha my heart is turning ebber,/ Dere’s wha de old folks stay.”

 

A. Stephen Foster

B. George Will

C. Kenny Rogers

 

9. “A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.”

 

A. Albert Camus

B. Gore Vidal

C. Kim Kardashian

 

10. “Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.”

 

A. Aristotle

B. Marlene Dietrich

C. Benjamin Netanyahu

 

 

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

 

 “Every scene, even the commonest, is wonderful, if only one can detach oneself, casting off all memory of use and custom and behold it, as it were, for the first time.” –Arnold Bennett

 (Bennett, 1867-1931, was an English novelist and dramatist.)

 

 

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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*? #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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