Gypsy Quotes (2 quotes)
In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal, throughout the city there are as many canals and drawbridges as bracelets on a Gypsys bronzed arms.
In The Mirror of Souls, and Other Essays (1966), 335.
This speaker reminds me of my childhood in Budapest. There were gypsy magicians who came to town to entertain us children. But as I recollect, there was one important difference: the gypsy only seemed to violate the laws of nature, he never really violated them!
As quoted by William R. Sears in 'Some Recollections of Theodore von Kαrmαn', Address to the Symposium in Memory of Theodore von Kαrmαn, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, National Meeting (13-14 May 1964), Washington, D.C. Printed in Journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (Mar 1965), 13>, No. 1, 178. These are likely not verbatim words of Karman, but as recollected by Sears giving an example of von Kαrmαns biting anecdotes at public meetings when criticizing a paper he thought really misleading pseudoscience.