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."

(Teddy Roosevelt)

"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."

(Bob Hope)

"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."

(Diane Ravitch)

"Do good but don't expect to be remembered or celebrated after you have departed."

(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 horn louder."

(Steven Wright)

"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."

(Bennett Cerf)

"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."

(Steven Wright)

"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 eat it."

(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 educators.

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 exhibition.