Featured in quote book... 73 years after his death

Frank Pick ANL-140923-163456001
Frank Pick ANL-140923-163456001

A Spalding man has finally made it into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 73 years after his death.

Frank Pick – who was born in Spalding on November 23,1878 , went on to become the LondonPassenger Transport Board’s first chief executive officer.

He is among 200 new names in the newly-published eighth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. In the dictionary, Mr Pick lines up alongside, among others, Pope Benedict XV1,Joan of Ark, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Lady Gaga, who are also making their debut in the world-famous reference book.

It is a particularly remarkable achievement for Mr Pick as he finally appears in the book 73 after his death,on November 7, 1941.

The quotation from Mr Pick, who was responsible for the design aspects of London Transport, is: “Good design is intelligence made visible.”

The 1881 census shows that Frank Pick, his father, draper Francis Pick, his mother Fanny and sister Ethel were living at 27 Bridge Street,Spalding.

It must have been a spacious house,because also living with the Picks at that time were their three boarders and two servants.

The boarders were dressmaker Isabel Stott (22), draper’s apprentice Elizabeth Smith (15) and draper’s apprentice Alfred Grey (17), while the Picks’ servants were Gosberton-born Betsey Wade (17) and Spalding-born nursemaid Sarah Towson (14).

But Mr Pick is not the only man from our area in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

For Donington-born Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), distinguished navigator and cartographer and the first man to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent,is already in the book, which features four of his quotations.

Among them is his 1814 comment: “I was induced to go to sea against the wishes of friends from (correct) reading Robinson Crusoe.”

Other memorable lines in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations include: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde.

“Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.” – Mark Twain

Imagination is more important than knowledge.Knowledge is limited.Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

“The superior man understands righteousness; the inferior man understands profit.” – Confucius

“Please accept my resignation,I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” – Groucho Marx

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove you don’t need it.” – Bob Hope.

The newly-published eighth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations contains more than 20,000 quotations from more than 3,700 people.

It is published by the Oxford University Press at £30.