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February 9, 2010

More quotes and quips about things that abhor vacuums…


FAMOUS LATIN PROVERB:

“Natura abhorret vacuum.” (“Nature abhors a vacuum.”)
       Latin proverb


VACANT MINDS COUNTERQUOTE:

“Whatever philosophy may determine of material nature, it is certainly true of intellectual nature, that it abhors a vacuum: our minds cannot be empty; and evil will break in upon them, if they are not preoccupied by good.”
       Samuel Johnson
       Letter to James Boswell, June 20, 1771


VACANT SPACE COUNTERQUOTE:

“Advertising abhors a vacuum. We see ads posted now where they never went before: on toll booth plazas, on grocery receipts — even in bathroom stalls.”
       Thomas H. Davenport & John C. Beck
       The Attention Economy (2002)


PROHIBITION COUNTERQUOTE:

“Drinking abhors a vacuum. If there were no saloon, another drinking place would be found.”
       Andrew Sinclair
       Prohibition, the Era of Excess (1962)


SEXUAL PROHIBITION COUNTERQUOTE:

“The greater the difference between the sort of sex people wanted and the sort that was  socially sanctioned, the more business thrived...Economics abhors a vacuum, and the whore class — which over time grew to include strippers, peep-show girls, telephone talkers, rub-and-tuggers, porn stars, streetwalkers, call girls, escorts, models, showgirls, pro-doms, pro-subs, and many, many more — rushed in to fill the chasm between men’s actual desires and the social structure that they, with women, had built.”
       Elisabeth Eaves
       Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (2004)


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