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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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What’s Your QQ*? #326

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published June 23, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

 1. “Now it is summer, and, as usual, life fills me with transport and I forget to work. This year I have struggled for a long time, but the beauty of the world has conquered me.”

A. Leo Laporte

B. Leo Carrillo

C. Leo Tolstoy

2. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

A. Mario Andretti

B. Will Rogers

C. Jon Bon Jovi

3. “The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”

A. Ursula K. Le Guin

B. Henry Ford

C. Carnac the Magnificent

4. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

A. Harry Reid

B. Mark Twain

C. Michelle Jackson

5. “It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; it’s one damn thing over and over.”

A. Confucius

B. Edna St. Vincent Millay

C. Thomas Jefferson

6. “Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

A. Friedrich Nietzsche

B. John Boehner

C. Leon Panetta

7. “Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”

A. Nancy Grace

B. Danny Tanner

C. Socrates

8. “No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.”

A. Bill Cosby

B. Rodney Dangerfield

C. Hassan Rowhani

9. “When we win, I’m so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I’m so depressed, I eat a lot. When we’re rained out, I’m so disappointed I eat a lot.”

A. Tommy Lasorda

B. Willie Mays

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. “I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.”

A. Cliff Clavin

B. Alex Trebek

C. Edgar Allan Poe

 

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

BONUS QUOTE:

 “When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget.” – Senator Henry F. Ashurst

 (Ashurst, 1874-1962, was one of the first two Senators from Arizona.)

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #323

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published June 2, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

A. George Orwell

B. Rush Limbaugh

C. Dom DeLuise

2. “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

A. A. J. Liebling

B. Rupert Murdoch

C. Johannes Gutenberg

3. “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.”

A. LeBron James

B. Tommy James

C. William James

4. “I have examined myself thoroughly and come to the conclusion that I don’t need to change much.”

A. Donald Trump

B. Sigmund Freud

C. John Hancock

5. “You want me to strap her to the hood?…She’ll be fine. It’s not as if it’s going to rain or something.”

A. “Animal House”

B. “King Kong”

C. “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

6. “Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.”

A. Erich Fromm

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Kathy Griffin

7. “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

A. Ronald Reagan

B. Winston Churchill

C. Tom Cruise

8. “As is the generation of leaves, so is that of humanity./ The wind scatters the leaves on the ground, but the live timber/ Burgeons with leaves again in the season of spring returning./ So one generation of men will grow while another dies.”

A. Homer Simpson

B. Homer

C. Winslow Homer

9. “To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.”

A. Plato

B. Karel

C. Bono

10. All I know is what I read in the papers.”

A. Forrest Gump

B. Michele Bachmann

C. Will Rogers

 

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

BONUS QUOTE:

“Wisdom tells me I am nothing./ Love tells me I am everything./

Between the two, my life flows.”

   ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 (Maharaj, 1897-1981, was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher.)

 

 

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