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Quotes of the Day for 20 October 2004 – Expansion

In US history, this has been a notable day for expansion. In 1803 the Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase, a huge expansion in territory. In 1818 Great Britain agreed to joint control of the Oregon area, we ended up with about half of it, and in 1820 Spain sold us Florida. To top it off, in 1903 the US prevailed in a boundary dispute between Alaska and Canada, and we expanded a bit more.

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The quotes:

A mere machine is evidently incapable of thinking ... whereas in man there exists something perpetually prone to expand, and to burst the chains by which it is confined.
     - Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712 - 1778

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.
     - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

When great nations fear to expand, shrink from expansion, it is because their greatness is coming to an end. Are we, still in the prime of our lusty youth, still at the beginning of our glorious manhood, to sit down among the outworn people, to take our place with the weak and the craven? A thousand times no!
     - Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 - 1919

What a phenomenon it has been - science fiction, space fiction - exploding out of nowhere, unexpectedly of course, as always happens when the human mind is being forced to expand; this time starwards, galaxy-wise, and who knows where next.
     - Doris Lessing

It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
     - C. Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson's Law, 1958

Too often I find that the volume of paper expands to fill the available briefcases.
     - Governor Jerry Brown


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