On Sunday, October 28, 2012 7:47:12 PM UTC-5, Graham Cooper wrote:
> > TAKES 5 MINUTES YOU * C O W A R D *
For you to ponder...
"[Sir Richard Phillips] had four valuable qualities: honesty, zeal, ability, and courage. He applied them all to teaching matters about which he knew nothing; and gained himself an uncomfortable life and a ridiculous memory." --- Augustus de Morgan, _A Budget of Paradoxes_
"The pseudomath is a person who handles mathematics as a monkey handles a razor. The creature tried to shave himself as he had seen his master do; but, not having any notion of the angle at which the razor was to be held, he cut his own throat. He never tried it a second time, poor animal! but the pseudomath keeps on in his work, proclaims himself clean shaved, and all the rest of the world hairy. The graphomath is a person who, having no mathematics, attempts to describe a mathematician." -- "A Budget of Paradoxes" (London, 1872), pp. 473, by Augustus de Morgan
"They call mankind to witness that science WILL NOT defend itself, though publicly attacked in terms which might sting a pickpocket into standing up for his character. Science, in return, allows mankind to witness or not, at pleasure, that it DOES NOT defend itself, and yet receives no injury from centuries of assault." --- "A Budget of Paradoxes", vol. 2 p. 354 by Augustus de Morgan
But perhaps the most important of them all:
"Yo no estudio para escribir, ni menos para enseñar, [...] sino sólo para ver si con estudiar ignoro menos." --- _Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz_ Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Juana de Asbaje y Ramirez)