my second-favorite quotation

Bob Fitzke fitzke at MICHCOM.NET
Mon Jun 21 19:18:10 UTC 2004

The Hickman quotation and the following from Jake Gaither have  been two of
my favorites. Gaither said (as best I can recall),"A lineman ought to be
agile, mobile, and hostile." I've always thought he should have included
"and el-i-gi-bile".

You do not reason a man out of something he was not reasoned into ---
Jonathon Swift
People are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts---Anon.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Shapiro" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: my second-favorite quotation

> On Sun, 20 Jun 2004, George Thompson wrote:
> > I believe I have posted before that my second-favorite quotation is from
> > Herman Hickman, the early 1950s Yale football coach.  When asked one
> > year what his hopes were for the his team, he said that they were the
> > same as every year, that the team would play at least well enough to
> > keep the alumni sullen but not mutinous.
> I think I never found a good source for this.  Do you know of any?  Even a
> reasonably early secondary source would be good.
> I forget, what is your first-favorite quotation?  My favorite one
> currently is Maureen Dowd's "Why is all this a surprise again? I know our
> hawks avoided serving in Vietnam, but didnt they, like, read about it?"
> Fred
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