Wednesday, May 05, 2010

quote/unquote ...

"People in Africa are used to doing business in a certain way. They walk into a store with money, put it down on the counter and walk out with an item."
-- Danny Jordan, head of the World Cup organizing committee, on why sales have increased since tickets have started to be sold over the counter and not just online.

"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."
-- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

“But the port shows little interest in lyrical associations. ….. Nevertheless, no quayside can ever appear entirely banal, because people will always be miniscule compared to the great oceans and the mention of faraway ports will hence always bear a confused promise of lives unfolding there which may be more vivid than the ones we know here, a romantic charge clinging to names like Yokohama, Alexandria and Tunis – places which in reality cannot be exempt from tedium and compromise, but which are distant enough to support for a time certain confused daydreams of happiness.”
---- “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” by Alain de Botton (2009), chapter on “Cargo Ship Spotting.”

"Let me have men around me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights;
Yond' Cassius has a lean and hungry look:
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous."
--- "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare

(editor's note: quote/unquote is a regular feature of The Brazosport News so long as Wilson in St. Louis keep sending them. That is all.)

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