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Quotes of the Day for 12 October 2001 – Direction

Today we remember the birth in 1860 of Elmer Ambrose Sperry at Cortland, New York. Best known as the inventor of the gyrocompass and the automatic pilot (first for ships, later for airplanes), the inventor and entrepreneur founded eight companies and was granted over 350 patents. In his honor, here are some quotes on direction.

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The quotes:

It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
     - W. H. Auden

If you board the wrong train, it's no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
     - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving - we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
     - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

If you cry Forward! you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite?
     - Anton Chekhov, 1860 - 1904

A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses.
     - Henry Louis Mencken

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