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Quotes of the Day for 24 March 2003 – Speed

Terence Steven McQueen was born at Beech Grove, Indiana on this day in 1930. His dad moved out six months later, his mom followed suit a few years later and left the boy with an uncle. At twelve he moved to Los Angeles and lived with his mother, but was soon involved in gangs and ended up at a reform school called Boys Republic (which he remembered generously in his will). He joined the Marines, and worked as a deck hand, oil field roustabout, and lumberjack before an actress girlfriend convinced him to enter New York's Actor's Studio. On camera he was cool, ready for anything, particularly if it was fast. Off camera, he was into fast living and fast driving, and even received a patent for a bucket seat. The cancer he died from, mesothelioma, is generally associated with asbestos inhalation, possibly a result of wearing his racer's fireproof suit. In his honor I've chosen quotes on Speed.

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The quotes:

Speed provides the one great modern pleasure.
     - Aldous Leonard Huxley, 1894 - 1963

Speed costs money - how fast can you afford to go?
     - David Lenkowski

America is a country that doesn't know where it is going, but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
     - Laurence Johnston Peter, 1919 - 1990

Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear-end collision and Man will never know that what hit him from behind was Man.
     - James Thurber

The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry.
     - John Jensen

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
     - Rollo May

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