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Quotes of the Day for 12 January 2001 – Signatures

John Hancock, first and most prominent signatory to the Declaration of Independence, was born on this day in 1737. In honor of the man known over two centuries later for his Signature, some thoughts on making our individual marks.

Van's signature

The quotes:

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
     - Evan Esar

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
     - Anatole France, 1844 - 1924

It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
     - Harry S Truman

In the next year or so, my signature will appear on $60 billion of United States currency. More important to me, however, is the signature that appears on my life - the strong, proud, assertive handwriting of a loving father and mother.
     - Katherine D. Ortega, Treasurer of the US 1983 - 1989

My fellow Americans: I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
     - Ronald Wilson Reagan, Comment while testing a microphone before a broadcast 11 August 1984

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