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Quotes of the Day for 19 January 2002 – Steam and Steel

Steam and Steel? The theme comes from the coincidence that two brilliant engineers were born on this day: James Watt in 1736 and Sir Henry Bessemer in 1813. Watt invented the steam engine and Bessemer invented the open hearth furnace for making steel, both critical to the Industrial Revolution. Perhaps I should have included obsolescence as both inventions have been overtaken by progress.

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The quotes:

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
     - Harry Emerson Fosdick

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.
     - Mildred W. Struven

Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
     - Chuck Norris

Once a new technology rolls over you, if your're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.
     - Stewart Brand


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