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Quotes of the Day for 19 April 2003 – Farewell

It was on this day in 1951 that US general Douglas MacArthur made his farewell address to Congress, closing a brilliant and controversial 52-year career in the US Army. It's not everybody that gets fired by the president and still gets to address Congress and go on the next day to a ticker tape parade in Manhattan. In this case the crowd in New York dumped 3,249 tons of paper on the hero and his family, second only to the total for V-J Day, an event "Big Mac" helped bring about. Perhaps today's theme should have been litter instead of Farewell.

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The quotes:

It is never any good dwelling on goodbyes. It is not the being together that it prolongs, it is the parting.
     - Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

Man's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell; like the glaciers, which are transparent and rosy-hued only at sunrise and sunset, but throughout the day are gray and cold.
     - Jean Paul Richter

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
     - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
     - Marie Louise de la Ramée Ouida, 1839 - 1908

Every farewell combines loss and new freedom.
     - Mason Cooley

Farewell!
For in that word, that fatal word, - howe'er
We promise, hope, believe, - there breathes despair.
     - George Gordon Noel Byron, The Corsair


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