HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 23, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius


Walter Lord

"Brilliantly lit from stem to stern, she looked like a sagging birthday cake."


Robert D Ballard (Senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

"Forever may it remain that way. And may God bless these now-found souls."

"It is a quiet and peaceful place—and a fitting place for the remains of this greatest of sea tragedies to rest."


John F Lehman, Jr. (US Secretary of the Navy)

"We are opening up an enormous new era in archaeology…. time capsules in the deep oceans." (On the underwater exploration of the Titanic and other wrecked ships, Time 11 Aug 86)


Eugene J. McCarthy

"The two-party system has given this country the war of Lyndon Johnson, the Watergate of Nixon, and the incompetence of Carter. Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts."


Mary Kay Blakely

"Our Lamaze instructor . . . assured our class . . . that our cervix muscles would become “naturally numb” as they swelled and stretched, and deep breathing would turn the final explosions of pain into “manageable discomfort.” This description turned out to be as accurate as, say a steward advising passengers aboard the Titanic to prepare for a brisk but bracing swim."


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