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
"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
(President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963))
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that
your high-school class is running the country."
(Kurt Vonnegut) [From Mike
"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
"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
"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 have departed."
(Interpretation of Last Native American Commandment
above) [From a note from Loh Kok
"My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes,
so I made your horn louder."
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to
"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You
(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
(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,
(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
"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
"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
(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
((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
(Jacques Martin Barzun (born 1907),
historian) [From Valerie Strauss]
"I spend time on window ledges because I am scared of
"Helping people in need is a matter of fundamental
principle, responsibility, righteousness and justice, not an act of
(Source Unknown) [From Yvelyne
"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
"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,
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