Trumpet Quotes (2 quotes)
A few days afterwards, I went to him [the same actuary referred to in another quote] and very gravely told him that I had discovered the law of human mortality in the Carlisle Table, of which he thought very highly. I told him that the law was involved in this circumstance. Take the table of the expectation of life, choose any age, take its expectation and make the nearest integer a new age, do the same with that, and so on; begin at what age you like, you are sure to end at the place where the age past is equal, or most nearly equal, to the expectation to come. You dont mean that this always happens?Try it. He did try, again and again; and found it as I said. This is, indeed, a curious thing; this is a discovery! I might have sent him about trumpeting the law of life: but I contented myself with informing him that the same thing would happen with any table whatsoever in which the first column goes up and the second goes down.
Who could have believed that the introduction into the human body of a small particle of matter from a cows udder might be the means of saving thousands of human lives? We learn from these and innumerable similar instances that the highest truths lie hid in the simplest facts; that, unlike human proclamations, natures teachings are not by sound of trumpet, but often in the stillest voice, by indirect hints and obscure suggestions.