Hum Quotes (4 quotes)
Nature is an endless combination and repetition of very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.
Since most callers have until moments before been completely unaware that there are bears in New Jersey, there is often in their voices a component of alarm, up to and including terror. McConnells response is calmer than pavement. She speaks in tones that range from ho to hum. Yes, there are bears in your area, she says, and goes on to say, with an added hint of congratulation, You live in beautiful bear habitat.
The Unexpected stalks a farm in big boots like a vagrant bent on havoc. Not every farmer is an inventor, but the good ones have the seeds of invention within them. Economy and efficiency move their relentless tinkering and yet the real motive often seems to be aesthetic. The mind that first designed a cutter bar is not far different from a mind that can take the intractable steel of an outsized sickle blade and make it hum in the end. The question is how to reduce the simplicity that constitutes a problem (“It's simple; it's broke.”) to the greater simplicity that constitutes a solution.
Wherever the steam mill resounds with the hum of Industry, whether grinding flour on the Schuylkill, or cutting logs in Oregon, there you find a monument to the memory of Oliver Evans.