All archives
Previous Issue (9 February 2003) | Current month | Next Issue (11 February 2003)

Quotes of the Day for 10 February 2003 – Enough

Samuel Plimsoll was born at Bristol, England on this day in 1824. He worked in the coal trade, and came to be an expert on the business, including shipping. He became quite concerned that ship owners were overloading the boats, risking their cargoes and ships, which may have been insured, but also the lives of their crews. About a thousand sailors a year were lost in British coastal waters at the time. He set about getting himself elected to Parliament, and was elected in 1868. He was unable to block passage of the 1871 Merchant Shipping Act, which provided prison terms for sailors who refused to work on vessels they felt were unsafe. In 1876 he secured passage of the Unseaworthy Ships Bill, which provided for a mark on the hull indicating the safe cargo level: If the mark were above the water, the load was light enough for safety. It evolved into a complex mark with 14 different lines, indicating different types of cargoes in different waters, but was generally called the "Plimsoll mark." I first encounered the concept in reverse in a neighborhood pub in Victoria, BC many years ago. The beer glasses had a white line printed on them, about a centimeter below the top. Patrons called it the "Plimsoll line" and made sure that the line was below the level of the beer. In either context, whether the fear is too little or too much, the line means Enough.

Van's signature

The quotes:

Each of us visits this Earth involuntarily, and without an invitation. For me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough.
     - Ann Landers

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.
     - Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 - 1832

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
     - Eric Hoffer

Fortune gives too much to many, but to none enough.
     - Martial

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
     - Tao Te Ching

Do you see an error on this page? A typo, a character that is messed up, a misattribution? Please let us know!