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Jerry P. Becker

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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. Anderson]

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

( George S. Patton) [From signature of Donna Ray]

"Want what you have, do what you can, be who you are."

(Forrest Church)

"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing."

(Emo Philips)

"The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree."

(Spike Milligan)

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand."

(Albert Einstein)

"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.

(Arnold Schwarzenegger)

"Education is not received. It is achieved."

(Unknown) [From signature of Mary N. Wonderlick]

"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."

(John Glenn)

"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."

(George Polya)

"After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box."

(Italian proverb)

"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 N.


"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until
it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."

(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, 2013,]

"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 cat?"

(Steven Wright)

"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 land."

(Desmond Tutu) [From a note from Parvin Sinclair]

"I don't believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we're very skeptical."

(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 Sinclair]

"America is the only country where a significant proportion of the
population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon
landing was faked."

(David Letterman)

"Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself."

(Harrison Ford) [From a note from Parvin Sinclair]

"Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is."

(Jimmy Durante) [From a note from Parvin Sinclair]

"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 Sinclair]

"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 hand?"

(Steven Wright? George Carlin?) [From a blog by Bill Henk]

""One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody."

(Mother Teresa)

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."

(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?"

(Steven Wright)

"I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and
replaced by exact duplicates"

(Steven Wright)

"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 it"

(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 ]
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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