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Quotes of the Day for 20 September 2000 – The Battle of the Sexes

On this day in 1973 an athletic contest was held, promoted far and wide as The Battle of the Sexes. A tennis match between Bobby Riggs, age 55, and Billie Jean King, 29, in the Houston Astrodome in front of 30,472 spectators and a television audience approaching fifty millions. Riggs was dispatched in three straight sets, but it was clearly youth that triumphed, not sex.

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The quotes:

The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for Nature to follow. Now we just set the clock an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.
     - E. B. White

There are no judgments so harsh as those of the erring, the inexperienced, and the young.
     - Dina Maria Mulock Craik

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?
     - Confucius, Analects

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
     - I. F. Stone


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