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Quotes of the Day for 10 December 2002 – Organization

Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born at Adams Center, New York on this day in 1851. He wanted to change the world, or at least organize it. As a librarian at Amherst College he invented the Dewey Decimal System, which was such a good idea that it was in use in 96% of American libraries by the time of his death in 1931. On the other hand, he wanted to reorganize (and grossly simplify) the spelling of the English language. He shortened his first name to Melvil, deleted both middle names, and for a time spelled his surname "Dui." My attempts at organization are like that as well: some are effective and some are really duds.

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The quotes:

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
     - Kerry Thornley

Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.
     - Louis Dembitz Brandeis, 1856 - 1941

I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
     - Detronius Arbiter

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
     - Immanuel Kant, 1724 - 1804

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.
     - Mauritis Cornelius Escher, 1898 - 1972

Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
     - Alfonso X (the Wise) of Spain, 1221 - 1284


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