|From:||Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 8, 2002, 8:58|
--- Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> > Remember the following quotation: "If a nuclear war breaks out, I will
> > move to the Netherlands, because everything happens there fifty years
> > later". Unfortunately, I don't know who said that.
> Well, I find this quote rather inaccurate and insulting. "... fifty years
> earlier" would have been a more correct thing, seen how advanced are the
> Netherlands in social matters.
As a matter of fact, the quote is already quite old (I think it was Oscar Wilde
or someone like that), and it wasn't about nuclear war, but about The End Of
The World: "If the world is going to end, I'll escape to Holland etc."
In those days (pre-WWII, the fifties), Holland was both culturally and socially
a very conservative (and slightly backward) country.
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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