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Quotes of the Day for 18 April 2002 – Warning

It was getting late on this night in 1775 when Paul Revere hung two lanterns in the tower of North Church in Boston. Two friends rowed him quietly past a British warship and across the river to Charlestown, where he borrowed a horse from John Larkin and rode to Lexington. After leaving a warning of British troop movements, Revere and William Dawes set out for Concord but were captured by the British along with a third courier, Samuel Prescott. Surprisingly, all three couriers were released, but the British confiscated Larkin's horse. Very few warnings have been so carefully orchestrated and documented.

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The quotes:

Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes as a judge.
     - Stanislaus Leszczynski

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
     - James Russell Lowell, 1819 - 1891

A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do - but it does not keep him from doing it.
     - Frank A. Clark

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.
     - Marshall McLuhan

It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat.
     - Robert Martin Fuoss, 1912 - 1980


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