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Quotes of the Day for 16 November 2000 – Life Preservers

On this day in 1841 Napoleon Guerin of New York City patented the cork-filled life preserver, an ungainly assemblage containing 18 to 20 quarts of ground cork.

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The quotes:

Many politicians ... are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool ... who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
     - Thomas Babington Macaulay

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.
     - Jonathan Winters

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
     - Woodrow Wilson

Who stole the cork from my breakfast?
     - W. C. Fields

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