[Ads-l] nothing

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Tue May 10 14:48:06 UTC 2016

There was a thread recently, which I cannot now locate, about "nothing".

John Stevens, chief engineer of the Panama Canal, to Frank Maltby, division head at Colo'n, Panama, in 1905:

"You won't get fired if you do something, you will if you don't do anything.  Do something if it is wrong, for you can correct hat, but there is no way to correct nothing."

quoted in David McCullugh _The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914_ New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977, ISBN 0-671-24409-4 (paperback) chapter 17 section II page 469

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