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What’s Your QQ*? #388

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published August 31, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

 

A. Bill Cosby

B. Raymond Burr

C. David Carradine

 

2. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

 

A. Rutherford B. Hayes

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Justin Bieber

 

3. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

 

A. George Burns

B. Satchel Paige

C. Mark Twain

 

4. “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

 

A. Usain Bolt

B. Muhammad Ali

C. Orson Welles

 

5. “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

 

A. George Gershwin

B. Winston Churchill

C. Tiger Woods

 

6. “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

 

A. Joseph Stalin

B. Jodie Foster

C. Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

7. “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Ricky Ricardo

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

8. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

 

A. Albert Camus

B. Forrest Gump

C. Willy Wonka

 

9. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

 

A. Frank Sinatra

B. Chaz Bono

C. Ernest Hemingway

 

10. “Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.”

 

A. Ed Sullivan

B. Dorothy Parker

C. Fidel Castro

 

 

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

 

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” — Bill Dodds

 (Dodds is a poet and novelist for young readers.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #369

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

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

 

1. “Life is something you do when you can’t get to sleep.”

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Wolf Blitzer

C. Fran Lebowitz

 

2. “I have always considered that the substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone in the progress of mankind.”

A. Winston Churchill

B. Henry Ford

C. Jennifer Aniston

 

3. “Take most people, they’re crazy about cars…I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.”

A. Bill Shoemaker

B. Wilbur Post

C. J.D. Salinger

 

4. “I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread.”

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. Adlai Stevenson

C. McLean Stevenson

 

5. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

A. Benjamin Disraeli

B. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

C. Marie Antoinette

 

6. “We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.”

A. Christopher Columbus

B. Yasser Arafat

C. R.D. Laing

 

7. “You remember my ideal cat has always a huge rat in its mouth, just going out of sight – though going out of sight in itself has a peculiar pleasure.”

A. Emily Dickinson

B. Cesar Chavez

C. Francisco Goya

 

8. “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”

A. Hillary Clinton

B. Gloria Steinem

C. Che Guevara

 

9. “Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.”

A. David Letterman

B. Jesse James

C. Rudy Giuliani

 

10. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

A. Sid Caesar

B. Confucius

C. Pharrell Williams

 

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

 “I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.”  – Joseph Priestley

 (Priestley, 1733-1804, was an English theologian, philosopher and scientist.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #341

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published October 6, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

A. Luther Burbank

B. Charles Dickens

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “The blindness in human beings… is the blindness with which we all are afflicted in regard to the feelings of creatures and people different from ourselves.”

A. William James

B. Jesse James

C. LeBron James

3. “Every thought I have imprisoned in expression I must free by my deeds.”

A. Hannibal Lecter

B. Kahlil Gibran

C. Harmon Killebrew

4. “An argument always leaves each party convinced that the other has a closed mind.”

A. Harry Reid

B. Dr. Ruth Westheimer

C. Laurence J. Peter

5. “History unfolds itself by strange and unpredictable paths. We have little control over the future and none at all over the past.”

A. H. G. Wells

B. Winston Churchill

C. Judy Garland

6. “The two biggest sellers in any bookstore are the cookbooks and the diet books. The cookbooks tell you how to prepare the food and the diet books tell you how not to eat any of it.”

A. Andy Rooney

B. Mickey Rooney

C. Art Rooney

7. “Do not go gentle into that good night,/ Old age should burn and rave at close of day;/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

A. Maya Angelou

B. Dylan Thomas

C. Jerry Garcia

8. “There are a thousand paths that have never been trodden – a thousand healths and hidden isles of life. Even now man and man’s earth are unexhausted and undiscovered.”

A. Friedrich Nietzsche

B. Justin Timberlake

C. Thomas Edison

9. “Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.”

A. Napoleon  Bonaparte

B. Chiang Kai-shek

C. Horace Mann

10. “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”

A. George Lucas

B. George Santayana

C. George Zimmerman

 

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

 

“The soul has a taste for goodness, just as the body has an appetite for pleasure.” – Joseph Joubert

 (Joubert, 1754-1824, was a French philosopher and essayist.)

 

 


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What’s Your QQ?* #332

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published August 4, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

A. Billy Barty

B. Neil Diamond

C. Maya Angelou

2. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

A. Lindsay Lohan

B. Nelson Mandela

C. Bradley Manning

3. “I was so self -conscious, every time football players went into a huddle, I thought they were talking about me.”

A. Jackie Mason

B. William Rehnquist

C. Pat Summerall

4. “Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.”

A. Carl Yastrzemski

B. Carl Cherry

C. Carl Jung

5. “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

A. Andrew Sullivan

B. Winston Churchill

C. Joseph Stalin

6. “I am not young enough to know everything.”

A. Oscar Wilde

B. Humphrey Bogart

C. Lisa Kudrow

7. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

A. Ricky Ricardo

B. Leonardo da Vinci

C. Ingrid Bergman

8. “My success has depended wholly on putting things over on people, so I’m not sure that I’m that great a role model. I am, however, an experton pretending to be an expert on pretending to be an expert.”

A. Meryl Streep

B. Bill O’Reilly

C. Peyton Manning

9. “God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.”

A. Anthony Weiner

B. Robin Williams

C. Jonas Salk

10. “If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane.”

A. Abraham Maslow

B. Sirhan Sirhan

C. Jimmy Buffett

 

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

 “We have to get it into our heads once and for all that we cannot settle disputes by eliminating human beings.” – Jeannette Rankin

 (Rankin, 1880-1973, from Montana, was the first woman in the U.S. Congress, and a lifelong pacifist. She died in Carmel.)

 

 

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