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Quotes of the Day for 31 January 2003 – Rescue

Woodes Rogers, captain of the British privateer Duke, stopped at Isla Mas a Tierra, an island 400 miles west of Valparaiso, Chile on this day in 1709. His men were surprised to see a wildman, dressed in goatskins, racing toward them down the beach. Alexander Selkirk had been alone on the island for almost five years. The Scottish sailor had crewed on another privateer, the Cinque Ports, whose captain was preparing to set sail without making needed repairs to the ship. Rather than taking the risk of shipwreck, Selkirk demanded to be left on the island. The ship made it home to England, but the incompetent captain was reduced to serving as a pilot on other ships, and was actually the pilot on the Duke when it landed. Not only was the former captain reduced in rank, Selkirk was promoted to captain for the return voyage. Of all those involved, only Selkirk is remembered today - he was the model for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Here are a few quotes on Rescue.

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The quotes:

Today unbind the captive,
So only are ye unbound;
Lift up a people from the dust,
Trump of their rescue, sound!
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day and Other Pieces

Rescue someone unwilling to look after himself, and he will cling to you like a dangerous illness.
     - Mason Cooley

It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually.
     - Anthony Trollope, Ayala's Angel, 1881

Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
     - Eldridge Cleaver

I'd rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they're first to be rescued off sinking ships.
     - Gilda Radner


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