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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #472

Published April 24, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)

 

1. “Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it’s real. The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can’t do that.”

 

A. Prince

B. Oprah

C. Cher

 

2. “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

 

A. Hillary Clinton

B. Charles Manson

C. E.B. White

 

3. “Judges commonly are elderly men, and are more likely to hate at sight any analysis to which they are not accustomed, and which disturbs repose of mind, than to fall in love with novelties.”

 

A. Clarence Thomas

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes

C. Sally Field

 

4. “Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”

 

A. Amy Schumer

B. Miguel de Cervantes

C. Barry Manilow

 

5. “It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.

 

A. James Franco

B. James Bond

C. James Thurber

 

6. “It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.”

 

A. William Hung

B. Eddie Cantor

C. Ferdinand Magellan

 

7. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

 

A. Marcus Aurelius

B. Alex Rodriguez

C. George Carlin

 

8. “For though I know he loves me,/  To-night my heart is sad;/ His kiss was not so wonderful/ As all the dreams I had.”

 

A. Madonna

B. Bob Newhart

C. Sara Teasdale

 

9. “Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?”

 

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Donald Trump

C. Abraham Lincoln

 

10. “It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport.’”

 

A. Ted Striker

B. Douglas Adams

C. Ulysses S. Grant

 

 

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

“Who has seen the wind?/ Neither you nor I:/ But when the trees bow down their heads,/ The wind is passing by.”

–Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894, was an English poet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #432

 Published July 12, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

A. Warren Buffett

B. Sholem Aleichem

C. Bernie Sanders

2. “Old age is like an airplane flying in a storm. Once you’re in it there’s nothing you can do.”

A. Golda Meir

B. Carrie Underwood

C. Abraham Lincoln

3. “I have found little that is ‘good’ about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash.”

A. Sigmund Freud

B. Joel Osteen

C. Ben Stiller

4. “The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.”

A. Oprah Winfrey

B. Laura Schlessinger

C. Oscar Wilde

5. “The easiest kind of relationship is with ten thousand people, the hardest is with one.”

A. Ringo Starr

B. Joan Baez

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

6. “Poverty is uncomfortable; but 9 times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and be compelled to sink or swim.”

A. Michael Phelps

B. Captain Ahab

C. James A. Garfield

7. “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Lindsey Graham

8. “Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich – simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

A. Dennis Miller

B. Glenn Miller

C. Henry Miller

9. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

A. John Steinbeck

B. William Shakespeare

C. Raúl Castro

10. “Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.”

A. Ted Cruz

B. Ambrose Bierce

C. Arnold Palmer

Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-A , 4-C , 5-B , 6-C , 7-A , 8-C , 9-B , 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 death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”

– Robert Hutchins, 1899-1977, was president of the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1951.

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What’s Your QQ*? #415

(Published March 8, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)

 

1. “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

 

A. Plato

B. Sarah Palin

C. Auguste Rodin

 

2.  “The world itself is but a large prison,out of which some are daily led to execution.”

 

A. Sir Edmund Hillary

B. Sir Paul McCartney

C. Sir Walter Raleigh

 

3. “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”

 

A. Carl Sandburg

B. Britney Spears

C. John Dillinger

 

4. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

 

A. L. Frank Baum

B. J.R.R. Tolkien

C. J.D. Salinger

 

5. “Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.”

 

A. Sylvia Browne

B. Sylvia Plath

C. Sylvia Panetta

 

6. “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”

 

A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Jack Nicholson

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

7. “A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”

 

A. Lyndon B. Johnson

B. Al Gore

C. Millard Fillmore

 

8. “Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime,/

And, departing, leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time.”

 

A. John Lennon

B. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

C. John Steinbeck

 

9. “I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.”

 

A. Steven Wright

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Mr. Magoo

 

10. “If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true.”

 

A. Neil Patrick Harris

B. Neil Diamond

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

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

 “We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.” -Simon Newcomb (1888)

 (Newcomb, 1835-1909, was a Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, and co-founder of  the American Astronomical Society.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #401

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 30, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A child should always say what’s true,/ And speak when he is spoken to,/ And behave mannerly at table;/ At least as far as he is able.”

 

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. W. C. Fields

C. Dr. Seuss

 

2. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.”

 

A. Angelina Jolie

B. Manuel Noriega

C. Phyllis Diller

 

3. “I hate being placed on committees. They are always having meetings at which half are absent and the rest late.”

 

A. Dilbert

B. Harry Belafonte

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

4. “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Joyce Kilmer

C. Cyrus McCormick

 

5. “There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind, that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.”

 

A. Larry King

B. Michel de Montaigne

C. Rosie O’Donnell

 

6. “Words can be deceitful, but pantomime necessarily is simple, clear and direct.”

 

A. Teller

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Erica Jong

 

7. “Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio.”

 

A. Thomas Malthus

B. Isaac Newton

C. Garrison Keillor

 

8. “Because of their age-long training in human relations — for that is what feminine intuition really is — women have a special contribution to make to any group enterprise.”

 

A. Agatha Christie

B. Bill Murray

C. Margaret Mead

 

9. “A man’s maturity–consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.”

 

A. James Buchanan

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Macaulay Culkin

 

10. “I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.”

 

A. John Oliver

B. John Quincy Adams

C. John F. Kennedy

 

 

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

 

“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.” – George Jean Nathan

 (Nathan, 1882-1958, was the leading American drama critic of his time.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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