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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] SAYINGS XXXIX
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NOTE: The following quotations have been collected from a variety of
sources ... from e-mail notes and signatures, bulletin boards, the
ASCD SmartBrief and from other sources, as well, over some time. Cf.
also Brainy Quotes at .
"Mathematics is the Language of the Universe."

(Unknown) [From the signature of Kathleen Smith -- Note: It is
suggested by several recipients that the saying is due to Galileo,
including Zal Usiskin who refers to it in The Assayer (1623)]

"He who knows only his own generation, remains always a child."

(Cicero (in "Orator")) [From Richard Hake's listserve]

"I intend to live forever ... so far, so good."

(Steven Wright)

"He who rides the tiger finds it difficult to dismount."

(Rudyard Kipling) [From signature of Michael Paul Goldenberg]

"Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might
have been!'"

American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) [From signature
from LERA-Dialog listserve]

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer) [From the signature of Walter Wendler]

"Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of fear."

(George Alland) [From George Alland]

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."

(Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president)

"Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe
in cause and effect."

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy."

(Groucho Marx) [From Rico Gutstein]

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast."

(Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer)

"99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name."

(Steven Wright)

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."

(Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer)

"Not all things measurable in mathematics education are important,
and some very important things are impossible to measure."

(Michael de Villiers) [From a colleague in South Africa]

"There is no point in plowing what you can't water."


"The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is
useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it
because it is beautiful. "

(J.H. Poincare [1854-1912), cited in H.E. Huntley, The Divine
Proportion, Dover, 1970) [From the signature of Prof. Michael de

"Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back."

(Steven Wright)

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

(George S. Patton Jr., WWII general) [From signature of Donna Ray]

"It's not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a
wrong idea from the word go. It's a nutty notion that we can have a
place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of

(John Holt) [From Holt's Vitae]

"The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up."

(Steven Wright)

"If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?"

(Steven Wright)

"The only man who is educated is the man who has learned how to adapt
and change; the man who has realized that no knowledge is secure,
that only the process of seeking knowledge gives a basis for

(Carl Rogers, Freedom to learn for the 80s (1983)). [From the
signature of Alpaslan Sahin]


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

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