Date: Oct 9, 2012 5:15 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: [ncsm-members] SAYINGS XLI
NOTE: The following quotations have been collected from a variety of
sources - the web, reference materials, etc.. - over some time. They
also come from signatures on email notes, from some listserves and
from "all over the place." A few may come from earlier SAYINGS
postings. My apologies for the absence of sources when this occurs -
I just don't have them. JPB
"To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the
people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor
and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate
... When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it
"It's no secret that we're teaching a generation that is more
stressed out, debt-ridden, depressed, anxious, impulsive,
scholastically amoral (let's be honest), self-entitled, bored, and
apathetic than perhaps any other since Aristotle sauntered through
the Lyceum ... But what really worries me is students' preoccupation
with social media. Their need to stay perpetually connected through
Facebook and texting, in particular, creates a daunting firewall to
(Andrew Reiner, College professor) [From NCSM listserve ; from
Chronicle of Higher Education, September 28, 2012, Volume LIX, No. 5,
p. B20 -- see http://chronicle.com/article/Only-Disconnect/134532/ ]
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."
"A library ... should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a
place where history comes to life."
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
(Neil Armstrong, Astronaut on stepping on the moon) [From The
New York Times, August 25 , 2012]
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
( Oscar Wilde) [From the signature of Cherly Lubinski)
"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with
(Sir Ken Robinson) [see http://sirkenrobinson.com/skr/ ]
"We're a country that has an unannounced education policy that we
tolerate failing schools."
"How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?"
"Elections and politicians are in place to give Americans the
illusion that they have freedom of choice."
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad
one to lose it."
"I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans
because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them
(Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. President)
"Infinity is a square without vertices."
(Chinese Proverb) [From Z-MNU Universitat Bayreuth]
"Most people think that whatever they and the people they like happen
to know, everybody else should be required to know."
(Marion Brady) [From a Mr. Marion Brady post, August 13, 2012]
"If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."
(Herb Stein -- Economist) [From Forbes]
"Do not move so fast as to forget where you have been."
(Unknown) [From Ron Zamo's signature]
"There is no smallest among the small, and no largest among the
large, but always something still smaller and something still larger."
(Anaxagpras - ca. 500 BC - 428 BC)
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to
climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is
"By other's faults, wise people correct their own."
(On a poster at ICME-12 in Seoul, Korea)
"I believe in luck:, how else can you explain the success of those
"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world
for ugly mathematics."
(Unknown) [From Z-MNU Universitat Bayreuth calendar]
"Life is good for only two things: discovering mathematics and
"Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe
in cause and effect."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but
getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough
to see is what you would have wanted had you known."
(Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon USA)
"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."