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Quotes of the Day for 12 January 2003 – Signatures

John Hancock was born on this day in 1737. I suspect he would be taken back to learn that his name is known to millions, but very few remember that he did anything in life other than sign his name. I remember the first time I saw his signature on the Declaration of Independence, I haven't signed my name to fit in the little box on a form since. Incidentally, the legend that Hancock declared, "There, I guess King George will be able to read that!" is almost certainly spurious.

Van's signature

The quotes:

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.
     - Christopher Morley

A sign of a celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.
     - Daniel Joseph Boorstein

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
     - Evan Esar

It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
     - Harry S Truman, 1884 - 1972

In the next year or so, my signature will appear on $60 billion of United States currency. More important to me, however, is the signature that appears on my life - the strong, proud, assertive handwriting of a loving father and mother.
     - Katherine D. Ortega, Treasurer of the US 1983 - 1989

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