Date: Jan 27, 2013 7:06 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: SAYINGS XLII
Taken from many sources ... some of them identified.
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing. And a good thing never dies."
(Andy Dufrene, from Shaw Shank Redemption/movie)
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach
the way they learn!"
(Ignacio Estrada) [Peggy McKee]
"A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose
denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator,
the smaller the fraction."
(Leo Tolstoy) [From signature of Michael de Villiers]
"Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they
entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to
those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing."
(President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)) [Valerie Strauss]
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your
high-school class is running the country."
(Kurt Vonnegut) [From Mike Contino]
"I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I
stole a bike and asked for forgiveness."
(Unknown) [From Sandy Lemberg]
"The problem with a lot of educational reform activity is it's a lot
of 'ready, fire, aim."
"Life's greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing."
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn."
(John Cotton Dana) [from Carol Brown]
"Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks."
(Native American Commandment)
"I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time
for my nap."
"Researchers usually find that students flourish where there is
stability in the school, with an experienced staff, clear
expectations, small classes, and a rich curriculum."
"Do good but don't expect to be remembered or celebrated after you
(Interpretation of Last Native American Commandment above) [From
a note from Loh Kok Khuan]
"My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."
"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share."
(W. Clement Stone)
"Statistical significance and educational significance are often two
completely different things. One child out of a thousand who does
something uniquely different from other children has no statistical
significance, but it may have huge educational significance. We need
only look at the history of mathematics and science to note the
tremendous impact that some 'statistically insignificant' individuals
have had by thinking vastly differently, and daring to deviate from
the norm of their times."
(Michael de Villiers)
"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."
(Head and Shoulders TV Commercial)
"Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald
they don't recognize you."
"The frogs tend to forget that once they were tadpoles, too."
(Korean Proverb) [From mathe 2000 selected papers book]
"Real peace is liberty in place of tyranny, health instead of
disease, hope instead of fear. It comes when people have the freedom
to voice their views, choose their own leaders, feed their families,
and raise healthy children."
(Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the U.S.) [From literature from
the Carter Center]
"It is important to remember, in all efforts at improving the
teaching of mathematics, that we are teaching human beings, and that
what we are teaching them is a human activity with uses and with
beauty and with surprises."
(E.J. McShane, 1964) [Sent by Ginger Warfield, daughter]
"Never wrestle with a pig. You'll just get dirty. And the pig loves it!"
"Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if
you wish they were."
(Unknown) [From Sandy Lemberg]
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
(Hosea 4:6) [From the Chronicle of Higher Education, December 7, 2012]
"A stone in its place is like a mountain... ... but a mountain in the
wrong place is just like a stone."
(Turkish proverb) [Seen on EDDRA2 listserve, from Sue Ramlo]
"There is no smallest among the small, and no largest among the
large, but always something still smaller and something still larger."
(Anaxagoras - ca. 500 BC - 428 BC) [Spelling correction from CH
Candy to earlier posting]
"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must
be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words must fit
together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no
permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics."
("A Mathematician's Apology" (London 1941). [ From Bill
Richardson; also from Steve Sugden and Melanie Parker]
"Pythagoras walks into an airport, the TSA asks, "Hey buddy, got an Identity?"
(From John Nord)
"What sort of education will teach the young to hate war?"
((Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas) [From Brian Greer]
"Teachers are the only professionals who have to respond to bells
every forty-five minutes and come out fighting."
(Frank McCourt (1930-2009), teacher and author)
"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
(Jacques Martin Barzun (born 1907), historian) [From Valerie Strauss]
"I spend time on window ledges because I am scared of widths."
"Helping people in need is a matter of fundamental principle,
responsibility, righteousness and justice, not an act of charity."
(Source Unknown) [From Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy]
"A little health tip for you: I heard a banana-a-day is a good thing
to help keep your colon clean ... it turns out you are supposed to
(Dwight York) [From a friend on a greeting card]
"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world
for ugly mathematics."
(From Z-MNU Universitat Bayreuth calendar. The "Beauty..." quote is
from G.H. Hardy's "A Mathematician's Apology." Hardy's "apology" is
not an excuse or an "I am sorry" statement. In the ancient Greek
sense it is about defending a position on something. In this case,
Hardy was "defending" his life's devotion to research mathematics.
Every budding mathematician reads it. It is totally inspirational.
That was my former life before I met and began to understand
Also, from Matt Wyneken:
BTW1 - I just noticed another one of Hardy's quotes at this website:
"No one has yet discovered any warlike purpose to be served by the
theory of numbers or relativity, and it seems unlikely that anyone
will do so for many years." He wrote that in 1941. Yet only a few
decades later, however, RMS encryption was invented and now rules
everything secret in the world, military, economic, etc.
BTW2 - You also included Neil Armstong's everlasting statement among
your quotes. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon in 1969,
with Michael Collins in support above, only some 60+ years after the
invention of human flight (as noted from television's #1 comedy, The
Big Bang Theory).
BTW3 - by JPB ... If you are ever tooling down InterState 65 south by
Huntsville, Alabama, make time to visit the Rocket and Space