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Quotes of the Day for 18 January 2002 – Words

I've been struggling with a server change for the last several days, some of the time putting out Quotes of the Day would have been impossible, at others I was just too weary. I regret the missing issues - but stick with us and I'll observe those events when they roll around next year. Today's quotes celebrate the birth of Peter Roget on this day in 1779. Roget invented the slide rule but is most known, of course, for creating the thesaurus.

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The quotes:

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.
     - Joseph Joubert

Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?
     - Marcel Marceau

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
     - Voltaire

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
     - Ingrid Bergman

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
     - Winston Churchill

Words mean what they're generally believed to mean. When Charles II saw Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral for the first time, he called it "awful, pompous, and artificial." Meaning roughly: Awesome, majestic, and ingenious.
     - S. M. Stirling


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