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Quotes of the Day for 3 June 2002 – Boredom

Ransom Eli Olds was born at Geneva, Ohio on this day in 1864. His name lives on in the Oldsmobile, and his truck, the REO Speedwagon, not only is remembered fondly today but there was a rock band that used the name. His real claim to fame, however, is as the inventor of the assembly line. (Henry Ford often gets credit for this, but he copied and expanded on Olds' concept.) It's the prospect of working on an assembly line that inspired today's theme: Boredom.

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The quotes:

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
     - C. Northcote Parkinson

One wonders what would happen in a society in which there were no rules to break. Doubtless everyone would quickly die of boredom.
     - Susan Howitch

That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.
     - John A. Locke

The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
     - Lady Nancy Astor, 1879 - 1964

The factory of the future will have two employees: a man and a dog. The man's job will be to feed the dog. The dog's job will be to prevent the man from touching any of the automated equipment.
     - Warren G. Bennis


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