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Quotes. Some words of wisdom. D.L. Hughley. Pressure: It can burst a pipe or create a diamond .  . Benjamin Disraeli . The greatest good you can do for [students] is not just to share your riches but to reveal to [them their] own.

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Some words of wisdom

d l hughley
D.L. Hughley


It can burst a pipe

or create a diamond. 

benjamin disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest good you can do for [students] is not just to share your riches but to reveal to [them their] own.

united states military academy department of mathematics slogan
United States Military AcademyDepartment of Mathematics slogan

Students learn mathematics

by doing mathematics.

paul r halmos hilbert space problem book
Paul R. Halmos, Hilbert Space Problem Book

The only way to learn mathematics

is to do mathematics.

charles vanden eynden elementary number theory
Charles Vanden Eynden, Elementary Number Theory

It is not sufficient for the writer to believe it;

enough details must be given so that the reader will also understand and believe.

The burden of making oneself understood rests with the writer.

john wooden
John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do

interfere with what you can do.

jeff lewis 1995
Jeff Lewis (1995)

Mathematics is a lot like eating a steak;

you've got to cut it into little pieces

or you'll choke. 

rev jesse jackson on the television show a different world
Rev. Jesse Jackson on the television show "A Different World"

It is not my aptitude

but my attitude

that determines my altitude. 

vince lombardi
Vince Lombardi

Practice does not make perfect.

Perfect practice makes perfect!

alan kulwicki 1992 nascar champion
Alan Kulwicki1992 NASCAR Champion

Luck is

where opportunity

meets preparedness.

h s wall 1902 1971
H.S. Wall(1902-1971)

The mathematician is an artist

whose medium is the mind


whose creations are ideas.

jeff lewis 2002
Jeff Lewis(2002)

An idea is only a thought

until it is communicated.

h s wall 1902 197114
H.S. Wall(1902-1971)

[M]athematics is an art–

the purest form of art, in which the mind is the instrument of expression. 

This is the art which takes chaos and builds from it a magnificent structure of order and reason.

ward burton 2002 daytona 500 champion
Ward Burton2002 Daytona 500 Champion

You've got to drive beyond

the hood of your car.

michael waltrip 2001 2003 daytona 500 champion
Michael Waltrip2001 & 2003 Daytona 500 Champion

By the time people panic,

it's usually too late to panic.

bruce lee 1940 1973
Bruce Lee(1940-1973)

I cannot teach you.

I can help you to explore

and nothing more.


Give a man a fish

and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish

and you feed him for a lifetime.

vince lombardi19
Vince Lombardi

We are in pursuit of perfection.

We will not catch it;

only God is perfect.

But, in our pursuit,

we shall achieve excellence.

john tatschl
John Tatschl

If you haven't got time to be a student,

then don't be a student.

thomas alva edison
Thomas Alva Edison

There is no substitute for hard work.

w somerset maugham
W. Somerset Maugham

It is a great nuisance

that knowledge can only be attained

by hard work.

john dewey
John Dewey

Failure is instructive.

The person who really thinks

learns quite as much from his failures

as from his successes.

bishop richard cumberland
Bishop Richard Cumberland

It is better to wear out than to rust out.

joe piscopo
Joe Piscopo

The nerds are running the world now.


Happy is the man

who can understand why things happen.

merle l meacham
Merle L. Meacham

In a few minutes,

a computer can make a mistake so great

that it takes many men months to equal it.

frederick douglas
Frederick Douglas

If there's no struggle,

there's no progress.

joseph whitney
Joseph Whitney

[I]ntelligence is proved

not by ease of learning,

but by understanding what we learn.

g c lichtenberg
G.C. Lichtenberg

What you have been obliged to discover by yourself leaves a path in your mind which you can use again when the need arises.

isaac dworetsky
Isaac Dworetsky

The good Lord made us with two ends–

one to sit on

and one to think with.

How well you succeed in life

depends on which one you use.

herbert v prochnow
Herbert V. Prochnow

If you don't learn from your mistakes,

there's no sense making them.

yogi berra
Yogi Berra

You can see a lot

just by looking.

paul erd s
Paul Erdös

A mathematician is a machine

for turning coffee into theorems.

benjamin disraeli36
Benjamin Disraeli

Seeing much,

suffering much,

and studying much

are the three pillars of learning.

wayne gretsky
Wayne Gretsky

I skate to where the puck is going to be,

not where it has been.

william allan neilson
William Allan Neilson

Not one student in a thousand

breaks down from overwork.

george bernard shaw
George Bernard Shaw

When I was young

I observed that

nine out of every ten things I did

were failures,

so I did ten times more work.

george harrison while my guitar gently weeps
George Harrison,"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

With every mistake

we must surely be learning.

leonard adelman mit co inventor of rsa coding system
Leonard Adelman, MIT co-inventor of RSA coding system

Mathematicians are trained and inclined to sit and think.

A mathematician can sit and think intensely about a problem for 12 hours a day,

six months straight,

with perhaps just

pencil and paper.


No one will be able to read

the great book of the Universe

if he does not know the language,

which is that of mathematics.

teresa earnhardt ceo of dale earnhardt inc
Teresa Earnhardt, CEO of Dale Earnhardt Inc.

[Y]ou learn with experience.

You make a mistake one time,

and you learn from it

and you try not to let it happen again.

clint eastwood in heartbreak ridge
Clint Eastwood, in "Heartbreak Ridge"



and overcome.

stanford university s bridge project betraying the college dream
Stanford University's Bridge Project, Betraying the College Dream

Of all the pre-college curricula,

the highest level of mathematics one studies in secondary school

has the strongest continuing influence on bachelor degree completion.

jeff lewis 2003
Jeff Lewis(2003)


student errors have come more from

"missed information"



condoleezza rice
Condoleezza Rice




jeff lewis 2004
Jeff Lewis(2004)

Athletes are expected to perform at a higher level in college

so why not expect the same from students?

ap calculus course guidelines page
AP Calculus Course Guidelines Page

Drop a pebble into a calm lake

and watch its ripples.

What you do today

will impact your future!

vince lombardi50
Vince Lombardi

The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.

Hard work is the price we must pay for success.

[Y]ou can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.

james a michener
James A. Michener

Character consists of what you do

on the third and fourth try.

aerosmith livin on the edge
Aerosmith, "Livin' On the Edge"

If you can judge a wise man

by the color of his skin,

then, mister,

you're a better man than I.

how can i pass your class taken from http www rif org
“How can I pass your class?”**Taken from <http://www.rif.org/>)

Reading is fundamental**.

But you don't really "read" a mathematics book,

you need to "write" a mathematics book

by taking notes and working examples as you go.

if i wanted to study i would have gone to a real college
“If I Wanted to Study I Would Have Gone to a Real College”

The most important thing students can learn is how to learn on their own.

Technology is rapidly changing [the world]

and those who cannot teach themselves

will find their mere knowledge of the fundamentals

insufficient for future challenges.

john wooden55
John Wooden

There's no great fun,


or joy

derived from doing something that's easy.

sting reflecting on his early career as a teacher
Sting,reflecting on his early career as a teacher

It dawned on me

about two weeks into the first year that

it was not teaching that was taking place in the classroom,

but learning.

steven zucker johns hopkins university
Steven Zucker, Johns Hopkins University

[T]he [mathematics] textbook,

although sometimes hard to read,

goes at the reader's pace.

michael jordan
Michael Jordan

I can accept failure.

Everyone fails at something.

What I cannot accept is not trying.

john wooden59
John Wooden

Failing to prepare


preparing to fail.


People are afraid

of things they do not understand.

charles vanden eynden
Charles Vanden Eynden

When reading a mathematics text,

not only do you need a pencil and paper

but you need to visualize what is going on–

Just like reading an erotic novel.

jeff lewis 2006
Jeff Lewis(2006)

My job is to challenge students to think

so that when they need to think,

it won't be such a challenge.

h s wall
H.S. Wall

I wonder if mathematics isn't rather a state of mind,

an analytic mind,

which can size up a situation,

discard the unimportant,

fit disorganized facts into a pattern,

and know when a problem is solved.

If we approach the teaching of mathematics with this as our axiom,

it might be that we could make essential progress.

For instance,

we would no longer apply the old principle of supplying answers to problems!

Part of the scientific mind is

the critical ability to know when the problem is solved.

chinese proverb from r l moore quoted by paul r halmos in i want to be a mathematician
Chinese proverb from R.L. Moore,quoted by Paul R. Halmos in I Want to be a Mathematician

I hear, I forget;

I see, I remember;

I do, I understand.

r l moore 1882 1974
R.L. Moore, (1882-1974)

That student

is taught the best

who is told the least.