These "sayings," as with earlier ones, come from a wide
range of sources: email signatures, books, bulletin boards, the web,
recipients of the distribution list and some for which the source is
unknown to me.
"We share half our genome with the banana. This is more evident
in some of my acquaintances than others."
(Sir Robert May, President,Royal Society of
London) [From the signature of K. B.
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't
( George S. Patton) [From signature of
"Want what you have, do what you can, be who you are."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at
"The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a
"Any fool can know. The point is to understand."
"Having more money doesn't make you happier. I have 50 million
dollars but I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million.
"Education is not received. It is achieved."
(Unknown) [From signature of Mary N.
"A rising tide lifts all ships."
(Mary Diez, Alverno College) [From an
article by Bill Henk]
"As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind -
every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder."
"A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little
ones into none at all."
(Chinese proverb) [From the signature of
Mary N. Wonderlick]
"It may be more important in the mathematics class
how you teach than what you teach."
"After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same
"This site is not about making mathematics easy, because it
isn't. It is about making it make sense because it does."
(Mathematics for Teaching website -
"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed,
revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone."
(Audrey Hepburn, Academy Award-winning actress,
humanitarian) [From signature of Mary
"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain
until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common
(Jane Addams) [From the signature of
Laura Dreuth Zeman]
"Some say freedom means the right to vote. However, If you
can vote, but can't afford food, health care, lodging, and
transportation, your are not really free."
(George Alland) [Email February 3,
"If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on
their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a
"When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible
and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our
eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the
(Desmond Tutu) [From a note from Parvin
"I don't believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we're
(Arthur C Clarke)
"I've been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither
would take out the garbage."
(Zsa Zsa Gabor) [From a note from Parvin
"America is the only country where a significant proportion of
the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the
moon landing was faked."
"Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it
[From a note from Parvin Sinclair]
"Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is."
(Jimmy Durante) [From a note from Parvin
"In hotel rooms I worry. I can't be the only guy who sits on
the furniture naked."
(Jonathan Katz) [From a note from Parvin
"We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are
here for, I have no idea."
(W H Auden)
"Why is the third hand on a watch or clock called the second
(Steven Wright? George Carlin?) [From a
blog by Bill Henk]
""One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to
"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost
(Jacques Martin Barzun (born 1907),
historian) [Valerie Strauss blog]
"Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they
can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them
(Unknown) [From Sandy Lemberg]
"I always take life with a grain of salt. Plus a slice of lime
and a shot of tequila."
(Unknown) [From Sandy Lemberg]
"Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?"
"I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and
replaced by exact duplicates"
"Governments cannot make universities by enactments of laws: Nor
corporations by erections of edifices: The church cannot create them
under the authority of heaven: The flattering eulogies of orators
cannot adorn them with learning: Newspapers cannot puff them into
being. Learned men-scholars - these are the only workmen who can build
up universities. Provide charters and endowments - the necessary
protection and capital - provide books and apparatus - the necessary
tools: Then seek out sufficient scholars, and leave them to their
work, as the intellectual engineers who alone are competent to do
(Henry P. Tappan (1805-1881)) [President, University of Michigan 1858,
lecture, Christian Library Association 22 June, quoted in Richard
Hofstadter and William Smith (eds.) American Higher Education: A
Documentary History Volume II 1961, p. 519.)]
[From the website of W. Wendler, former chancellor at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale at http://walterwendler.com/ ]
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244