– Cornelis Lely
He did of course say it in Dutch: Hier trek ik de lijn! To be honest; there are no records of him actually saying anything like that. But he might have. To his wife, in a completely unrelated matter. Perhaps pertaining to her addiction to buying him socks. Odd colored socks. With dots. The pink socks with purple dots were too much! Lely was not a dot person, more a person to connect them. To make a line.
Again, we find no records of any of this. Some things you just rather keep private. Well at least in Cornelis’ day and age.