climate quotes (UNCLASSIFIED)
Mullins, Bill AMRDEC
Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Thu Apr 29 22:10:22 UTC 2010
A discussion board I frequent mentioned quotes from Robert A. Heinlein,
"Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get."
The list of quotes in question seems to be fairly accurate. While
checking on this particular quote, I also found it attributed to Mark
Twain (isn't everything?) and atmospheric research scientist Michael
Glantz. Glantz did say this, unattributed and without quotes, in
_Climate Affairs: A Primer_ Wash DC: Island Press, 2003 p 41.
Heinlein was slightly misquoted -- his original statement was "Climate
is what we expect, weather is what we get." _Time Enough for Love_ NY
GP Putnam's Sons 1973 (p. 358 in the 1988 Ace paperback edition)
I cannot find the quote, or any close variant, any earlier.
The closest thing I can find from Twain is:
"Climate lasts all the time and weather only for a few days." Mark
Twain's review of _English as She is Taught_, (Caroline B. Le Row, NY:
Cassell & Company, Limited. 1887) reproduces this quote from the book,
which is a collection of answers to questions asked of schoolchildren
(Le Row was a teacher). [Mark Twain, "ENGLISH AS SHE IS TAUGHT."
_Century Illustrated Magazine_ Apr 1887; VOL. XXXIII., No. 6.; pg. 934
col 1.] So, an anonymous student originally said it, Le Row collected
it into a book, and Twain reviewed the book with this as a sample quote.
120 years later, Twain generally gets the credit.
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