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ELECTRICITY
[ Also see Influence Light Radio Sympathy Telegraph Telephone ]

For the poplars showed
  The white of their leaves, the amber grain
    Shrunk in the wind--and the lightning now
      Is tangled in tremulous skeins of rain.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.
      - Dave Barry

Stretches, for leagues and leagues, the Wire,
  A hidden path for a Child of Fire--
    Over its silent spaces sent,
      Swifter than Ariel ever went,
        From continent to continent.
      - William Henry Burleigh,
        The Rhyme of the Cable

And fire a mine in China, here
  With sympathetic gunpower.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 295)

While Franklin's quiet memory climbs to heaven,
  Calming the lightning which he thence hath riven.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Age of Bronze (V)

And stoic Franklin's energetic shade
  Robed in the lightnings which his hand allay'd.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Age of Bronze (VIII)

Striking the electric chain wherewith we are darkly bound.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 23)

To put a girdle round the world.
      - George Chapman, Bussy d'Ambois
         (act I, sc. 1)

A vast engine of wonderful delicacy and intricacy, a machine that is like the tools of the Titans put in your hands. This machinery, in its external fabric so massive and so exquisitely adjusted, and in its internal fabric making new categories of thought, new ways of thinking about life.
      - Charles Ferguson, Stevens' Indicator
         (vol. XXXIV, no. 1), in an address

Notwithstanding my experiments with electricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, there are a million of us still engaged at snatching away his sceptre.
      - Benjamin Franklin,
        Comment on Turgot's inscription,
        in a letter to Felix Nogaret

But matchless Franklin! What a few
  Can hope to rival such as you.
    Who seized from kings their sceptred pride
      And turned the lightning's darts inside.
      - Philip Morin Freneau,
        On the Death of Benjamin Franklin

If it weren't for electricity we'd all be watching television by candlelight.
      - George Gobel

Is it a fact--or have I dreamt it--that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we dreamed it.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        The House of Seven Gables--The Flight of Two Owls

A million hearts here wait our call,
  All naked to our distant speech--
    I wish that I could ring them all
      And have some welcome news for each.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley,
        The Rocking Horse--Of a Telephone Directory

An ideal's love-fraught, imperious call
  That bides the spheres become articulate.
      - Josephine Preston Peabody (Mrs. Lionel Simeon Marks),
        Wireless

This is a marvel of the universe:
  To fling a thought across a stretch of sky--
    Some weighty message, or a yearning cry,
      It matters not; the elements rehearse
        Man's urgent utterance, and his words traverse
          The spacious heav'ns like homing birds that fly
            Unswervingly, until, upreached on high,
              A quickened hand plucks off the message terse.
      - Josephine Preston Peabody (Mrs. Lionel Simeon Marks),
        Wireless

Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;
  Brief as the lightning in the collied night
    That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
      And ere a man hath power to say "Behold!"
        The jaws of darkness do devour it up.
      - William Shakespeare

Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
  Ere one can say "it lightens."
      - William Shakespeare

He snatched the thunderbolt from heaven, the sceptre from tyrants.
  [Lat., Eripuit caelo fulmen, mox sceptra tyrannis.]
      - Anne Robert Jacques Turgot,
        inscription for the Houdon bust of Franklin


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