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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #476

Published May 22, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)

 

1. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

 

A. T. Boone Pickens

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. G. Gordon Liddy

 

2. “Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch. ”

 

A. James Bond

B. James Dean

C. James Baldwin

 

3. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.”

 

A. Alexander Pope

B. Malcolm X

C. Bob Hope

 

4. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Lady Godiva

C. Harry S. Truman

 

5. “The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel. “

 

A. Thomas Edison

B. Ralph Kramden

C. George Bernard Shaw

 

6. “The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she’s there, but nobody wants to talk about her.”

 

A. W. Somerset Maugham

B. H. Ross Perot

C. L. Frank Baum

 

7. “My husband’s German. Every night I get dressed up as Poland and he invades me.”

 

A. Bette Midler

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Megyn Kelly

 

8. “I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts… It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind.”

 

A. Duke Snider

B. Henrik Ibsen

C. Jimmy Fallon

 

9. “I can’t help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.”

 

A. Oscar de la Renta

B. Oscar Pistorius

C. Oscar Wilde

 

10. “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”

 

A. J.K. Rowling

B. H. L. Mencken

C. E. B. White

 

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

“Life is complicated. It starts before we’re ready, it continues while we’re still trying to figure out the point of it. And it ends long before we’ve worked out just what to do.”

― Adrian Tan, b. 1966, is a lawyer and author from Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #470

Published April 10, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version) 

 

1. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

 

A. Lord Acton

B. Rodney Dangerfield

C. Richard Nixon

 

2. “Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.”    

 

A. Jack Nicklaus

B. Adlai Stevenson

C. Ralph Nader

 

3. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

 

A. Dick Tracy

B. Sherlock Holmes

C. Diane Keaton

 

4. “I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”

 

A. Rose Kennedy

B. Jack Paar

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

5. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

A. George Orwell

B. George Harrison

C. George Washington

 

6. “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

 

A. John Wayne

B. Ludwig van Beethoven

C. Pablo Picasso

 

7. “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

 

A. Captain Kangaroo

B.  Oscar Wilde

C. Mother Teresa

 

8. “Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Marilyn Manson

C. Garfield

 

9. “Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored — it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects to go on.”

 

A. Strom Thurmond

B. Pearl S. Buck

C. Chris Rock

 

10. “An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.”

 

A. Andy Devine

B. Andy Gibb

C. Andy Warhol

 

 

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

“Ultimately, contentment is more a shift in attitude than a change in circumstances.”

–Linda Dillow is an American author of religious books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #466

Published March 13, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)


 

1. “Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat.”

 

A. Margaret Thatcher

B. Richard Nixon

C. Oscar Wilde

 

2. “I remember summing up what I took to be our destiny, in conversation with my best friend at Chartres, by the formula, ‘Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.’”

 

A. Jerry Lewis

B. C.S. Lewis

C. Jerry Lee Lewis

 

3. “On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.”

 

A. Janis Joplin

B. Taylor Swift

C. Donald Trump

 

4. “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one’s mind.”

 

A. Willie Mays

B. Mark Twain

C. Mitt Romney

 

5. “Country is soul music for white people.”

 

A. Paul Shaffer

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Luciano Pavarotti

 

6. “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

 

A. John McCain

B. Mikhail Gorbachev

C. Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

7. “Thank God we’re living in a country where the sky’s the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Joan Rivers

C. Michelle Obama

 

8. “Intelligence–yes, but of what kind and aim? There is the intelligence of Socrates, and the intelligence of a thief or a forger.”

 

A. Ralph Waldo Emerson

B. Ho Chi Minh

C. Bernard Madoff

 

9. “When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.”

 

A. Don Draper

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

10. “The phrase ‘domestic cat’ is an oxymoron.”

 

A. George Washington

B. George Soros

C. George Will

 

 

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

“To be sure, the dog is loyal. But why, on that account, should we take him as an example? He is loyal to man, not to other dogs. ”

― Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, was an Austrian writer, known for his satire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MISATTRIBUTED WELL-KNOWN QUOTATIONS

My presentation at SkeptiCamp Monterey, January 2, hosted by the Monterey County Skeptics and the Humanists Association of the Monterey Bay Area.

SkeptiCamp Monterey 2016

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