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Quotes of the Day for 24 March 2004 – Spills

Four minutes into this day in 1989 the Exxon Valdez, Captain Joseph Hazelwood commanding, ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound after leaving the prescribed shipping lanes to avoid icebergs. It's possible that Hazelwood had been drinking, leading to the lapse of judgment that caused him to order the course change. The environment recovered nicely (possibly owing more to the amazing resilience of nature than to the massive cleanup campaign), double-hulled tankers are gradually replacing single-hulled vessels, and oil spills have been dramatically reduced. And yes, I have some quotes on Spills, although not one has anything to do with oil.

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The quotes:

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
     - Boris Pasternak, 1890 - 1960

Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid.
     - Jeanette Winterson

I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seed every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree's way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.
     - May Sarton, 1912 - 1995

An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause.
     - John Updike

A good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won't notice it when someone else does.
     - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, 1860 - 1904

Self-help books are making life downright unsafe. Women desperate to catch a man practice all the ploys recommended by these authors. Bump into him, trip over him, knock him down, spill something on him, scald him, but meet him.
     - Florence King


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