rain, nor snow, nor heat nor gloom of night stays
these couriers from the swift completion of their
appointed rounds" - Greek historian
Herodotus wrote about the Persian messengers in
his history of the Persian Wars. This is
inscribed on a stone face of the New York post
collecting of stamps brings untold millions of
people of all nations into greater understandings
of their world neighbours" - Francis
Cardinal Spellman of America while laying the
foundation stone of Cardinal Spellman Museum at
Weston on July 27, 1972.
the postage stamp, its usefulness consists in the
ability to stick to one thing till it gets there"
- American humorist John Billings.
philatelist will tell you that stamps are
educational, that they are valuable, that they
are beautiful. This is only part of the truth. My
notation is that the collection is a hedge, a
comfort, a shelter into which the sorely beset
mind can withdraw. It is orderly, it grows
towards completion, it is something that can't be
taken away from us" - Clifton
Fadiman in Any Number Can Play.
remember, I wish to have the best collection, not
just one of the best collections in England"
- King George V to JA Tilleard, Honorary
Secretary, Philatelic Society, on appointing him
as Philatelist to the King.
seventeen years he did nothing at all, but kill
animals and stick in stamps" - Sir
Harold Nicholson (1886-1968) in Diaries and
Letters about King George V.
science is either Physics or stamp collecting."
- Erenst Rutherford physicist and Noble Laureate.
- "As you
see gentleman I am but a postman. It is no
exaggeration. In the old days it was my job to
deliver the mails .." JRD Tata.
Quoted in a book on British Airways -
commemorating the 50th anniversary of Tata's
history making flight of 1912.
should I do? I think the best thing is to order a
stamp with my face on it." - Charles,
Emperor of Austria 1882-1922 on learning of his
accession to the throne.
time ask my barber to approve them before you
issue stamps with my portrait" -
King Christian X of Denmark. In 1924 he was shown
commemoratives of 300th anniversary of Danish
Posts. The stamps showed his portrait facing the
left and the right and his hair parted once to
the left and next to the right.
are their movements that the eye can follow. they
know not the difference between right and left,
neither know what a letter is nor are its
contents divulged to them; yet speedily they
carry through the task entrusted to them. They
have charged themselves to keep faith and
therefore they have been granted the garland that
festoons their necks" - Hohn-eddin-ban-Abdeldakar,
an Egyptian said this praising the carrier
pigeons some 800 years ago.
other things good and bad that modern
civilisation had produced, surely the postal
system which covers the whole world, is one of
its most benficial activities. It affects every
individual whereever he may be in the wide world
connecting him with millions of others. That
connecting link is the postal system which has
grown from age to age, till it is what we see
today" - Jawaharlal Nehru as a
foreword to Mulk Raj Anand's book Story of the
Collecting dispels boredom, enlarges our vision,
broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens
and in innumerable ways, enriches our lives"
- President Roosevelt
in connection with postage stamps and coinage may
be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors
on national taste". - W. B. Yeats (1865-1939),
Irish poet, playwright.
postage stamp is a flimsy thing
No thicker than a beetle's wing
And yet it will roam the world for you
Exactly where you tell it to - EV
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