Quotes of the Day for 28 December 2004 – Wave
On Sunday the planet behaved in a most awesome way. A large section of a fault between two tectonic plates suddenly shifted, resulting in the most powerful earthquake in 40 years and a wall of water that killed thousands when it came ashore. The entire island of Sumatra is now 30 meters southwest of where it was last week. It's hard to imagine such a thing, but we are reminded how insignificant we are compared to the forces of nature.
Every great decision creates ripples - like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1804 - 1881
An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain - the equality of all men.
- Ignazio Silone
Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles.
- John Tyndall, 1820 - 1893
Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
- Augustine of Hippo, 354 - 430
Like as the waves make towards
the pebbl'd shore,
so do our minutes,
hasten to their end.
- William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
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