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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Quote of the Day: June 15th - Lightning Reactions

QUOTE OF THE DAY: June 15th - Lightning Reactions

On this day in 1752 Benjamin Franklin famously proved that lightning is a form of electricity. To celebrate this scientific breakthrough, here is a selection of famous sayings and funny quotations about that most electric of weather phenomena ...

"Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity."
Joseph Addison

"There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age."
Bill Bryson

"Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone."
Hodding Carter

"Electricity is really just organized lightning."
George Carlin

"Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew."
Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning."
James Dickey

"They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning."
Clint Eastwood

"Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun."
Franz Grillparzer

"A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times."
Randall Jarrell

"I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph."
Ken Kesey

"Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it."
Percy Bysshe Shelley

"I do believe there are leaders who are like lightning and they come along and they lead. The Lincolns of the world, the Alexander the Greats, they do exist. They have existed."
Oliver Stone

"If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."
Lee Trevino

"The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time."
Willie Tyler

"The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right."
Mark Twain

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
Mark Twain

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