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Quotes of the Day for 9 November 2002 – Dark

At 5:16 pm (and 11 seconds) on this day in 1965, a shoebox-sized relay at the Sir Adam Beck generating station in Queenston, Ontario tripped, shutting down a key electrical transmission line. New York went dark. Hundreds of thousands were stuck in darkened subway tunnels or left in immobile elevators. Surgeons completed surgery by candle light. From an incorrect setting on one relay, one resource after another went off line like falling dominoes, and within 12 minutes New York City was without power, along with much of the rest of the state, most of New England, and Ontario. It was the largest power failure in history, and left millions in the Dark.

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The quotes:

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
     - Chinese proverb

The darkest hour has only 60 minutes.
     - Morris Mandel

When in the dark is it better to move or stand still? If still, you won't bump into anything - but you won't find the light either.
     - Norm Howe

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
     - Og Mandino

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
     - Plato

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