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Quotes of the Day for 17 July 2003 – Direction

Douglas Corrigan flew nonstop from California to New York in a dilapidated Curtis Robin, then filed a flight plan for Ireland. Aviation authorities turned him down. So, on this day in 1938, he took off to return to California and somehow ended up turned around in the first cloud he came to, happily arriving in Ireland of all places. Nobody believed his story and he lost his license for a time, but "Wrong-Way" Corrigan was a hero in New York when he returned. Here are some thoughts on direction.

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The quotes:

If you cry Forward! you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite?
     - Anton Chekhov, 1860 - 1904

On course doesn't mean perfect. On course means that even when things don't go perfectly you are still going in the right direction.
     - Charles Garfield

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving - we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
     - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr, 1841 - 1935

If you board the wrong train, it's no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
     - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906 - 1945

A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses.
     - Henry Louis Mencken, 1880 - 1956


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