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Quotes of the Day for 21 August 2002 – Tall

Wilton Norman Chamberlain at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this day in 1936, a full nine inches longer than the national average. I'm not much of a sports fan, but for a generation "Wilt the Stilt" or "The Big Dipper" defined tall. Looking over the stats quickly, it's hard to believe anyone else will do as much with their height as Wilt did, at least not on a basketball court. Just one stat is stunning, he scored over 50 points in 118 games, an NBA record; Michael Jordan is second with 29. Today's theme just had to be Tall.

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The quotes:

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
     - Knights of Pythagoras

The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody else down to feel tall.
     - Odetta

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
     - William Penn, 1644 - 1694

If I were given a change of life, I'd like to see how it would be to live as a mere six-footer.
     - Wilt Chamberlain

In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall people burn slower?
     - Warren Hutcherson

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