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Quotes of the Day for 19 December 2000 – Examination

A reader in a Naval ROTC unit proudly wrote that he and his cohort had just sailed through their annual inspection. While I am pleased to offer congratulations, I really didn't have much on inspections per se - so I added some covering examination in general. No doubt there are students and former students among us who can appreciate those.

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The quotes:

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
     - Charles Caleb Colton

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
     - Henry David Thoreau

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; Falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
     - Publius Cornelius Tacitus

One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful.
     - Albert Einstein

I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.
     - Richard Nixon, 1973


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