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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #475

Published May 15, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version)

 

1. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

 

A. Jimmy Carter

B. J. Edgar Hoover

C. Albert Einstein

 

2. “If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.”

 

A. Voltaire

B. Dana Scully

C. Rick Warren

 

3. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

 

A. Henry David Thoreau

B. Neil Patrick Harris

C. John Wilkes Booth

 

4. “I believe that children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”

 

A. Bob Dylan

B. Whitney Houston

C. Kim Jong-un

 

5. “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”

 

A. George Stephanopoulos

B. Donald Trump

C. Mahatma Gandhi

 

6. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

 

A. George W. Bush

B. Vladimir Lenin

C. Bing Crosby

 

7. “I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil.”

 

A. Douglas Adams

B. Douglas MacArthur

C. Douglas Fairbanks

 

8. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

 

A. Aristotle

B. Eminem

C. Pelé

 

9. “The only thing my husband and I have in common is that we were married on the same day.”

 

A. Angela Merkel

B. Princess Diane

C. Phyllis Diller

 

10. “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”

 

A. Lewis Carroll

B. Reince Priebus

C. Robert De Niro

 

 

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

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

–A. J. Liebling, 1904-1963, an American journalist, wrote frequently for the New Yorker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #471

Published April 17, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version) 

 

1. “He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.”

 

A. Carmen Miranda

B. Voltaire

C. Larry King

 

2. “How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?”

 

A. Charles de Gaulle

B. Christina Applegate

C. David Cameron

 

3. “I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it.”

 

A. Alexander Woollcott

B. Karl Marx

C. Lucille Ball

 

4. “The value of money is that with it we can tell any man to go to the devil.”

 

A. C. Everett Koop

B. L. Frank Baum

C. W. Somerset Maugham

 

5. “Look how men live, always precariously balanced between good and bad fortune.”

 

A. Buzz Aldrin

B. Reince Priebus

C. Sophocles

 

6. “If God were alive today, he would have to be an atheist, because the excrement has hit the air-conditioning big time, big time.”

 

A. Pope Francis

B. Kurt Vonnegut

C. Bob Hope

 

7. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

 

A. Michael Jackson

B. Lance Ito

C. Johnnie Cochran

 

8. “I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.”

 

A. Frederick Douglass

B. Spartacus

C. Gene Autry

 

9. “I live in my dreams — that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.”

 

A. Hermann Goering

B. Hermann Hesse

C. Herman Munster

 

10. “Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.”

 

A. George Noory

B. J. Edgar Hoover

C. Will Rogers

 

 

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

“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in one ahead.”

–Bill McGlashen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #469

Published April 3, 2016 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Click HERE to play the Interactive version) 

 

1. “To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”

 

A. Billy Barty

B. Barbara Boxer

C. Bernard Baruch

 

2. “Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”

 

A. Ann Morrow Lindbergh

B. Nikita Khrushchev

C. Charlie Chaplin

 

3. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

 

A. Colin Kaepernick

B. Helen Keller

C. Joseph McCarthy

 

4. “Canada is a country without a cuisine.  When’s the last time you went out for Canadian?”

 

A. Mickey Mantle

B. Marilyn Monroe

C. Mike Myers

 

5. “April is the cruelest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain.”

 

A. T.S. Eliot

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Edgar Allan Poe

 

6. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

 

A. Charles Koch

B. Mahatma Gandhi

C. Stephen Curry

 

7. “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

 

A. Roald Dahl

B. John McCain

C. James Dean

 

8. “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”

 

A. Ho Chi Minh

B. Clarence Thomas

C. Kurt Vonnegut

 

9. “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”

 

A. Pelé

B. Voltaire

C. Prince

 

10. “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

 

A. Ralph Nader

B. Yogi Berra

C. Carl Jung

 

 

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

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

–Miles Kington, 1941-2008, was a British writer, humorist, and musician.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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