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Quotes of the Day for 13 February 2003 – Prediction

Today is the feast day of Saint Agabus. No, the name didn't mean a thing to me either. He was one of the 70 disciples in the first century Christian church, Saint Luke mentioned him twice in the Acts of the Apostles, both times for accurate predictions of the future. Agabus is little more than a footnote today, although he is remembered by some as the patron saint of fortune tellers. In his honor, today's theme is Prediction.

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The quotes:

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare, reason, and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.
     - Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 - 1894

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
     - Charles F. Kettering, 1876 - 1958

This is my prediction for the future - whatever hasn't happened will happen and no one will be safe from it.
     - J. B. S. Haldane, 1892 - 1964

I predict, not because I know, but because I'm asked.
     - John Kenneth Galbraith

I've gone into hundreds of [fortune-tellers' parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.
     - New York City detective

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
     - Niels Bohr, 1885 - 1962


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