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Quotes of the Day for 19 May 2003 – Shoes

On this day in 1885, Jan Earnst Matzeliger started making shoes on his new "Lasting Machine," turning out 700 pair of shoes per day compared to 50 for a skilled manual shoemaker. Born in Dutch Guiana, he had come to the US only twelve years before - a black foreigner speaking little English. His triumph was short-lived, he died less than three years later, but because of him the working class was able to buy decent shoes and I got a theme for today's quotes.

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The quotes:

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?
     - Bernice Fitz-Gibbon, Director of Advertising at Macy's

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that fits all cases.
     - C. G. Jung

Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.
     - John Locke, 1632 - 1704

Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.
     - John Hoyer Updike

If the shoe fits, you're not allowing for growth.
     - Robert N. Coons

You have brains in your head,
you have feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself,
any direction you choose.
     - Theodore Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991

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