Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Stretches, for leagues and leagues, the Wire, A hidden path for a Child of Fire Over its silent spaces sent, Swifter than Ariel ever went, From continent to continent. Wm. Henry BurleighThe Rhyme of the Cable.
A vast engine of wonderful delicacy and intricacy, a machine that is like the tools of the Titans put in your hands. This machinery, in its external fabric so massive and so exquisitely adjusted, and in its internal fabric making new categories of thought, new ways of thinking about life. Charles FergusonAddress. Stevens Indicator. Vol. XXXIV. No. 1. 1917.
Notwithstanding my experiments with electricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, there are a million of us still engaged at snatching away his sceptre. FranklinComment on Tubgots inscription in a letter to Felix Nogaret, who translated the lines into French.
Is it a factor have I dreamt itthat by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we dreamed it. HawthorneThe House of the Seven Gables. The Flight of Two Owls.
A million hearts here wait our call, All naked to our distant speech I wish that I could ring them all And have some welcome news for each. Christopher MorleyOf a Telephone Directory. In The Rocking Horse.
This is a marvel of the universe: To fling a thought across a stretch of sky Some weighty message, or a yearning cry, It matters not; the elements rehearse Mans urgent utterance, and his words traverse The spacious heavns like homing birds that fly Unswervingly, until, upreached on high, A quickened hand plucks off the message terse. Josephine L. PeabodyWireless.
Eripuit cælo fulmen, mox sceptra tyrannis. He snatched the thunderbolt from heaven, the sceptre from tyrants. TurgotInscription for the Houdon bust of Franklin. See CondorcetLife of Turgot. P. 200. Ed. 1786. Eripuit fulmenque Jovi, Phboque sagittas. Modified from Anti-Lucretius. I. 5. 96, by Cardinal ee Polignac. Eripuit Jovi fulmen viresque tonandi. Marcus ManliusAstronomica. I. 104. Line claimed by Frederick von der Trenck asserted at his trial before the Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris, July 9, 1794. See GartenlaubeLast Hours of Baron Trenck.