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Quotes of the Day for 8 February 2003 – Copies

Chester F. Carlson was born at Seattle, Washington on this day in 1906. Due to his father's ill health, Chet grew up poor. Early in life he made Edison his hero, realizing that a successful invention was a means to advance economically. After college (Cal Tech, 1930) he ended up doing patent filings, like Einstein. There were never enough carbon copies of patent information, so he worked toward a way to produce inexpensive copies of documents. Like Charles Goodyear's serendipitous but smelly discovery of vulcanization of rubber with sulphur a century earlier, Chet's wife made him move his experiments out of the family kitchen when molten sulphur caught fire. But Carlson was able to duplicate an image in 1938 by a process he then called electrophotography. After the war, the Haloid Corporation licensed his inventions and called it xerography. In 1950, the first Xerox copier was sold, and the copies (and later originals from xerographic printers) have been streaming out at ever-increasing rates since.

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The quotes:

When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple; take it and copy it.
     - Anatole France, 1844 - 1924

They copied all they could follow
but they couldn't copy my mind
so I left them sweating and stealing
a year and a half behind.
     - Joseph Rudyard Kipling, 1865 - 1936

Not infrequently, we encounter copies of important human beings; and here, too, as in the case of paintings, most people prefer the copies to the originals.
     - Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 - 1900

When we reflect on our past sentiments and affections, our thought is a faithful mirror, and copies its objects truly; but the colours which it employs are faint and dull, in comparison of those in which our original perceptions were clothed.
     - David Hume, 1711 - 1776

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
     - Pablo Picasso, 1881 - 1973

The present age ... prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence ... for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.
     - Ludwig Feuerbach, 1804 - 1872


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