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Quotes of the Day for 18 April 2003 – Earthquake

On this day in 1906 the earth opened up in the town of Olema, California. The community found itself 40 feet longer from north to south at the end of the day. The wrenching forces of the earthquake had a more memorable effect a few miles to the south in San Francisco, where buildings collapsed and fires raged.

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The quotes:

Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.
     - Albanian proverb

It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished planet.
     - Charles Kuralt, 1934 - 1997

There is something among men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake; that is, the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world.
     - Daniel Webster, 1782 - 1852

Life is at its best when it's shaken and stirred.
     - F. Paul Facult

An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain - the equality of all men.
     - Ignazio Silone

There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
     - George Gordon Noel Byron, 1788 - 1824

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