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"Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads to lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate." H. D. Thoreau, 1854

Book citation: Walden or, Life in The Woods and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau, published by New American Library
New American Library of World Literature, Inc., New York, NY, 1960.


"As in saving in the time given up to writing, the phonograph promises to far outstrip the typewriter. The business man can dictate to the phonograph as fast as he can talk, and the wax cylinder, inclosed in a suitable box, can be sent off by mail to read out its message perhaps thousands of miles away.... I really see no reason why the newspaper of the future should not come to the subscriber in the shape of a phonogram." Philip G. Hubert, Jr., 1889

Book citation: The New Talking Machines, by Philip G. Hubert, Jr., published in Highlights from 125 years of the Atlantic, pp. 164-165, edited by Louise Desaulniers.
Atlantic Subscriber Edition, Atlantic Monthly, 1977.

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