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"A WORD OF WARNING: Unless you are working on a precision ground surface plate with a bevel protractor, dial indicators, vernier height gauge, precision holding fixtures, and maintaining readings of + .005 " -- don't jump to conclusions!"
--The Paterek Manual for Bicycle Framebuilders, Tim Paterek

"All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can't get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer." --IBM maintenance manual, 1925 (source unverified)

"For, don't you mark? we're made so that we love
First when we see them painted, things we have passed
Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see;
And so they are better, painted--better to us,
Which is the same thing . . .
God uses us to help each other so,
Lending our minds out . . ."
--Fra Lippo Lippi, Robert Browning

". . . . one commandment [mitzvah - also, blessing] induces another, one transgression induces another; the reward of one mitzvah is another mitzvah"
--Pirkei Avot 4:2

". . .You can teach a man to draw a straight line, and to cut one; to strike a curved line, and to carve it; and to copy and carve any number of given lines or forms, with admirable speed and perfect precision; and you find his work perfect of its kind: but if you ask him to think about any of those forms, to consider if he cannot find any better in his own head, he stops; his execution becomes hesitating; he thinks, and ten to one he thinks wrong; ten to one he makes a mistake in the first touch he gives to his work as a thinking being. But you have made a man of him for all that. He was only a machine before, an animated tool." --The Stones of Venice, John Ruskin

Melopoeia \Mel`o*p[oe]"ia\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; ?; song + ? to
make.] (Mus.)
The art of forming melody; melody; -- now often used for a
melodic passage, rather than a complete melody.

"No, a golem knows only one thing that keeps you alive," said Carrot. "It's the words in your head."
--Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett

". . . let me avoid shameful speech, as well as shameful silence.
Let my words be messengers of your will,
seeking justice and pursuing peace."
--from the Siddur Hadash interpretive translation of the Elohai Netzor
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