Philosophy on the London underground

June 25, 2009

Silence is golden, but not if you travel on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground.

Tube drivers are being encouraged to read the words of great thinkers instead of the usual pre-recorded announcements.

“Mind the Gap,” could become Engels’ “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”

Harried to reach an appointment on time? You may hear the French composer Berlioz’s comment: “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”

The quotes, part of an arts project, aim to bring wit and wisdom to the lives of busy commuters.

Do you want the silence of your Tube journey broken by wise words or do you prefer to be left with your own thoughts? Any ideas on suitable quotes for the Tube?

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I think music would be best!

Complete and utter rubbish. The words of great thinkers needs to be read out by thinkers and not Train Drivers !!!

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I think, LT should try to improve the services and increase them rather then being wise with words. leave the word to philiosopher and do what you are paied to do.

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“Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?”
– J. Paul Getty

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