"Rope is probably the most remarkable product known to mankind. It is a simple thing, just a handful of fibers intertwined, its origin lost in the misty beginnings of history. Man has improved its strength, its quality, its uniformity and life, yet after thousands of years its basic construction remains unchanged."
— Hervey Garrett Smith, The Marlinspike Sailor

"Rope is probably the most remarkable product known to mankind. It is a simple thing, just a handful of fibers intertwined, its origin lost in the misty beginnings of history. Man has improved its strength, its quality, its uniformity and life, yet after thousands of years its basic construction remains unchanged."

— Hervey Garrett Smith, The Marlinspike Sailor