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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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What’s Your QQ*? #331

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published July 28, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 1. “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

 A. Winston Churchill

B. Kevin Bacon

C. Joel Osteen

2. “I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they do today.”

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Thomas Edison

C. Will Rogers

3. “Change comes not from men and women changing their minds, but from the change from one generation to the next.”

A. John Kenneth Galbraith

B. Will McAvoy

C. Rand Paul

4. “The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.”

A. Charles Lindbergh

B. Benny Hill

C. Janet Napolitano

5. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Laura McKinnon

C. Buddha

6. “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. George Jefferson

C. Jefferson Airplane

7. “Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”

A. Karl Rove

B. Rudy Giuliani

C. Marshall McLuhan

8. “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

A. George Zimmerman

B. Lou Gehrig

C. Phil Mickelson

9. “Criticizing a political satirist for being unfair is like criticizing a nose guard for being physical.”

A. Garry Trudeau

B. Jonathan Swift

C. Vince Lombardi

10. “The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Oscar Grant

C. Oscar de la Renta

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-A , 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-C , 8-B , 9-A , 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 unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.” — Chuck Palahniuk

 (Palahniuk, b. 1962, is an American novelist and author of “The Fight Club.”)

 

 

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