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Quotes of the Day for 9 July 2001 – Cut, Knife, Blade, and Sharpen

At our local arts fair yesterday I chanced upon a knife maker whose work I have admired for some time, and bought myself a gorgeous new tool for my kitchen. Inspired by that I chose as today's quotes a few cutting remarks: Cut, Knife, Blade, and Sharpen. To see my new knife, check out

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The quotes:

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
     - Washington Irving

The politician is ... trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.
     - Edward Roscoe Murrow, 1908 - 1965

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
     - James Russell Lowell, 1819 - 1891

If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
     - Abraham Lincoln

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