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What’s Your QQ*? #416

(Published March 15, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)


 

1. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

 

A. Richard Nixon

B. Nelson Mandela

C. David Schwimmer

 

2. “What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

 

A. Ernest Hemingway

B. Pope John Paul II

C. Lon Cheney

 

3. “I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

 

A. George Washington

B. The Chicken

C. Stephen Hawking

 

4. “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

 

A. Robert De Niro

B. Robert H. Schuller

C. Robert Menendez

 

 5. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

 

A. Donald Rumsfeld

B. Albert Einstein

C. Katy Perry

 

6. “Chastity: The most unnatural of the sexual perversions.”

 

A. Masters and Johnson

B. Nancy Reagan

C. Aldous Huxley

 

7. “Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.”

 

A. “Calvin & Hobbes”

B. “Peanuts”

C. “Baby Blues”

 

8. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

 

A. Adolf Hitler

B. George Orwell

C. Danny DeVito

 

9. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

 

A. Frank Underwood

B. Hillary Clinton

C. Friedrich Nietzsche

 

10. “Politics has gotten so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat with.”

 

A. Will Rogers

B. Kim Jong-un

C. The Koch Brothers

 

 

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

 “The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.”  – Robert Ingersoll

 (Ingersoll, 1833-1899, nicknamed “The Great Agnostic,” was an American politician and orator.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #394

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published October 12, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Everything is changing; people are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”

 

A. Will Rogers

B. Al Franken

C. Rick Perry

 

2. “It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”

 

A. Barbara Kingsolver

B. Bing Crosby

C. Genghis Khan

 

3. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

 

A. John McEnroe

B. J.K. Rowling

C. Woodrow Wilson

 

4. “If life is a bowl of cherries what am I doing in the pits?”

 

A. Fyodor Dostoevsky

B. A. J. Foyt

C. Erma Bombeck

 

5. “Do you know what the greatest test is? Do you still get excited about what you do when you get up in the morning?”

 

A. David Bowie

B. David Halberstam

C. David Copperfield

 

6. “It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.”

 

A. Jimmy Swaggart

B. Mona Lisa

C. Margaret Mead

 

7. “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.”

 

A. Pearl S. Buck

B. Lady Gaga

C. John Wayne

 

8. “The good thing about writing fiction is that you can get back at people. I’ve gotten back at lawyers, prosecutors, judges, law professors, and politicians. I just line ’em up and shoot ’em.”

 

A. John Grisham

B. Bugsy Siegel

C. Jack London

 

9. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

 

A. King Midas

B. Ron Paul

C. J.R.R. Tolkien

 

10. “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”

 

A. John Kerry

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Nobody

 

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

“Our whole life is an attempt to discover when our spontaneity is whimsical, sentimental irresponsibility and when it is a valid expression of our deepest desires and values.” – Helen Merrell Lynd

 (Lynd, 1896-1982, was an American sociologist and educator.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #382

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published July 20, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

 

A. Carl Rogers

B. Will Rogers

C. Roy Rogers

 

2. “The mind is the most capricious of insects – flitting, fluttering.”

 

A. Virginia Woolf

B. Claude Monet

C. Ted Danson

 

3. “One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”

 

A. Betty Ford

B. Francis Ford Coppola

C. Henry Ford

 

4. “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

 

A. Edward R. Murrow

B. Shari Lewis

C. Luciano Pavarotti

 

5. “Our fast-food culture has brainwashed us to believe that nature is dangerous and outside ourselves. The easiest and most beautiful way to reconnect with nature is to reconnect with our food sources.”

 

A. Alice Waters

B. Ronald McDonald

C. Louis Leakey

 

6. “Men do not suspect faults which they do not commit.”

 

A. Bob Hope

B. Samuel Johnson

C. Lionel Messi

 

7. “I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.”

 

A. Alexander the Great

B. Carnac the Magnificent

C. Cato the Elder

 

8. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

 

A. Rick Perry

B. William Shakespeare

C. F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

9. “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

 

A. Henny Youngman

B. Lindsay Lohan

C. Mahatma Gandhi

 

10. “I’ve always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals…. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?”

 

A. Tom Bodett

B. Anne Tyler

C. Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 “It is a consoling thought that gardens and their laws of birth and death endure, while political crises and panaceas appear only to vanish.” – Vida D. Scudder

 (Scudder, 1861-1954, was an American writer, educator and social reformer.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #362

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 2, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “’Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’

A. Lewis Carroll

B. Stephen King

C. Maurice Sendak

 

2. “I often covered more than a hundred sheets of paper with drafts, revisions, rewritings, ravings, doodlings, and intensely concentrated work to construct a single verse.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Elton John

C. Dylan Thomas

 

3. “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

A. Jules Verne

B. Herman Melville

C. John Kerry

 

4. “The meaning of life is that it stops.”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Franz Kafka

C. Simon Cowell

 

5. “The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

A. John Lennon

B. John Hancock

C. John Stuart Mill

 

6. “Man is by nature a political animal.”

A. Nancy Pelosi

B. Aristotle

C. Charlie Sheen

 

7. “Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.”

A. E.B. White

B. Barry White

C. Perry White

 

8. “Money-giving is a very good criterion of a person’s mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.”

A. Jack Benny

B. Andrew Carnegie

C. Dr. Karl Menninger

 

9. “I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn’t like.”

A. Johnny Carson

B. Will Rogers

C. George Carlin

 

10. “O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;/ The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won.”

A. Mark Twain

B. Mr. Spock

C. Walt Whitman

 

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

 

“One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.” – Paul Bourget

(Bourget, 1852-1935, was a French novelist and critic.)

 

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