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Re: phasing out my pages

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: phasing out my pages
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2022 10:43:35 -0800

I've seen people attribute quotes to Willy Wonka, when Willy Wonka was himself quoting Shakespeare.

On Fri, Feb 4, 2022 at 10:37 AM Alan Mead <> wrote:
According to this website:

Twain said something remotely related but this quote is better
attributed to Pascal. However, it also says I can blame the Chicago
Tribune for the misattribution, and I am pleased to do so.

I also have a feeling that people repeat things, so it could also have
been said by any number of people.

Some of the quotes that are randomly sampled for my signature are
gathered from the Internet and of dubious attribution, but I happen to
have just re-read "A Wizard of Earthsea" and I can vouch for today's
quote (or something essentially the same). I forget who said it, but it
pertains to the main plot of that novel where Ged has to defeat an
antagonist described as a "shadow."


On 2/4/2022 11:12 AM, John Darrington wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 03, 2022 at 04:13:28PM -0600, Alan Mead wrote:
>       I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
>       -- Mark Twain
> Do you have a reference for this quote?  I have variously seen this phrase attributed
> to Blaise Pascal, Mohandas Gandhi, Antoinne du St. Exupery and George V - but this is
> the first time I've seen Mark Twain as the source.
> J'


Alan D. Mead, Ph.D.
President, Talent Algorithms Inc.

science + technology = better workers

Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does

-- Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

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