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Notebook going happily now – everything I use is now on there, including Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2002. I had a gaggle of people crowding round my desk on Wednesday while I tried flying over Las Vegas at night with scenery set to “high quality”. I say “tried” because I didn’t have my joystick, so reaction time was a problem, shall we say… splat.

For a few years now I’ve been keeping a database of quotations, and I’ve decided to make it available on the web: here. It’s a spreadsheet in Excel format, 1.1MB in size. One page is the list of quotations itself, while the other has a simple random lookup formula to produce a Quote of the Day. The spreadsheet format lets me do things like sorting, searching for duplicates, and general tidying up. Searching is also simple. I have not organised them by category, only by author, so you’re on your own there. Take your pick from the 7712 quotations currently in there:

“Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay an author.” — Dr. Samuel Johnson

“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.” — Dorothy Leigh Sayers

“Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.” — Groucho Marx

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A book of quotations… can never be complete. — Robert M. Hamilton

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Written by brian t

September 20, 2002 at 8:59 am

Posted in books, culture, humour

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