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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.

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The quotes:

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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