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Quotes of the Day for 14 October 2004 – Speed

They said it couldn't be done, but on this day in 1947 Captain Chuck Yeager climbed into an orange Bell X-1 named "Glamorous Glennis". That plane was strapped to the belly of a B-29 which carried Yeager to 21,000 feet, where he fired up the rocket and blasted through the sound barrier for the first time. I think this was a great event, and that pursuit of capabilities beyond our current ability is good and noble. On the other hand, speed isn't everything, and may well not be the way to live.

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The quotes:

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
     - Eddie Cantor, 1892 - 1964

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
     - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
     - Rollo May

Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast.
     - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

The improved American highway system ... isolated the American-in-transit. On his speedway ... he had no contact with the towns which he by-passed. If he stopped for food or gas, he was served no local fare or local fuel, but had one of Howard Johnson's nationally branded ice cream flavors, and so many gallons of Exxon. This vast ocean of superhighways was nearly as free of culture as the sea traversed by the Mayflower Pilgrims.
     - Daniel J. Boorstin, 1914 - 2004

The wheel was invented so we could move faster. Credit was invented so we would have to.
     - Cullen Hightower


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