Quotes of the Day for 29 August 2004 – Rules
Edmond Hoyle died at London on this day in 1769. His early life is unknown, but his first career apparently was the law. In 1741 he began tutoring the upper classes in the game of Whist, and published a pamphlet on the subject. He followed that up with similar treatises on Backgammon, Chess, Quadrille, Piquet, and Brag, then compiled them into a single volume in 1750. Even though the rules of Whist were updated in 1764, his name lives on as the very symbol of rules. In fact, one of my calendars shows today as "According to Hoyle Day". Our quotes relate to the rules of the game.
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
- Joseph Campbell
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
- Katharine Hepburn, 1907 - 2003
Rules are like flagpoles in a slalom race: you observe their presence religiously, skirt around them as closely as possible and never let them cut your speed.
- Katherine Neville
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 - 1894
There are two rules for success. . . 1) Never tell everything you know.
- Roger H. Lincoln
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas Alva Edison, 1847 - 1931
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