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Quotes of the Day for 20 November 2002 – Clocks

On this day in 1888 Willard L. Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, New York, invented the timecard clock. It was quite a success, the Bundy Company was one of the three firms that joined in 1911 to form the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, more recently known as IBM. Most workers have been governed and paid based on derivatives of this invention ever since. I generally don't pay much attention to clocks at all, and then only in aggravation, but I'm not exactly typical in this regard. Here are some thoughts on Clocks.

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The quotes:

We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work - and then we retire. And what do they give us? A bloody clock.
     - Dave Allen

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
     - Golda Meir

I loathe the expression 'What makes him tick' ... A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.
     - James Thurber

I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.
     - Peter De Vries

All of us are watchers - of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway - but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.
     - Peter M. Leschak

Commencement speakers have a good deal in common with grandfather clocks: Standing usually some six feet tall, typically ponderous in construction, more traditional than functional, their distinction is largely their noisy communication of essentially common knowledge.
     - W. Willard Wirtz, US Secretary of Labor


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