Monday, March 15, 2004

Cute Quote

I came across this quote by Orson Scott Card in an article in Meridian Magazine:

"If you declare that there is no longer any legal difference between low tide and high tide, it might stop people from publishing tide charts, but it won't change the fact that sometimes the water is lower and sometimes it's higher."

It expresses the same sort of idea as the story attributed to Abraham Lincoln about calling a sheep's tail a leg, but more succinctly.

(For those unfamiliar with the Abraham Lincoln quote, it goes something like this: Lincoln asked a crowd, "If you call a sheep's tail a leg, how many legs does a sheep have?" After some murmured responses of "Five", he said something to the effect of, "A sheep has four legs. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one.")