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What’s Your QQ*? #348

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published November 24, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Bob Barker

C. Mick Jagger


2. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

 A. Benjamin Disraeli

B. Rob Klevan

C. W. Somerset Maugham


3. “Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in…. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all.”

A. Jane Austen

B. Pope Benedict XVI

C. Oprah Winfrey


4. “Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.”

 A. Johannes Gutenberg

B. Mark Zuckerberg

C. Louisa May Alcott


5. “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

A. Albert King

B. Fat Albert

C. Albert Einstein


6. “The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.”

 A. H.G. Wells

B. Eckhart Tolle

C. Harry Reid


7. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

A. George Santayana

B. Bill Murray

C. Abraham Zapruder


8. “Mine eyes have seen the glory/ of the coming of the Lord;/  he is trampling out the vintage/ where the grapes of wrath are stored.”

A. Tom Joad

B. Julia Ward Howe

C. The Old Testament


9. “There was an Old Man with a beard,/ Who said, “It is just as I feared!—/ Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,/ Have all built their nests in my beard.”

A. Norman Lear

B. Edward Lear

C. King Lear


10. “Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

A. Richard Roeper

B. Bing Crosby

C. Doris Day


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


 “Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.”  – Robert Brault

 (Brault is an American free-lance writer.)



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What’s Your QQ*? #321

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published May 19, 2013 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “I THINK that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree.”

A. Robert Frost

B. Winnie the Pooh

C. Joyce Kilmer

2. “Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.”

A. Donald Trump

B. Steve Wozniak

C. Yogi Berra

3. “The same thing happened today that happened yesterday, only to different people.”

A. Walter Winchell

B. Walter Brennan

C. Walter Alston

4. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

A. Farmers’ Almanac

B. The Bible

C. Bhagavad Gita

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

A. Penn & Teller

B. Captain & Tennille

C. Calvin & Hobbes

6. “Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.”

A. Leonard Cohen

B. Samuel Johnson

C. Ralph Nader

7. “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea/ In a beautiful pea green boat,/ They took some honey, and plenty of money,/ Wrapped up in a five pound note.”

A. King Lear

B. Norman Lear

C. Edward Lear

8. “Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.”

A. Franklin D. Roosevelt

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Rutherford B. Hayes

9. “Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man’s cottage door and at the palaces of kings.”

A. Yoda

B. Nostradamus

C. Horace

10. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

A. Barney Fife

B. Carl Sagan

C. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn



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


“It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry.” – Edgar W. Howe

 (Howe, 1853-1937, was a novelist and editor known for his iconoclasm and pessimism.)



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What’s Your QQ? #241

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“A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.” – Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

 (Lessing, 1729-1781, was a German philosopher, dramatist, and writer.)


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