Mizner, Wilson (1876-1933)
- When you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal
from many, it's
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
- It is not certain that everything is uncertain.
- The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one
people find no difference between men.
Polyá, George (1887-1985)
In H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber
- There are many questions which fools can ask that wise men cannot
- It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how
the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done
them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the
great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy
cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high
achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while
daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and
timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Mathematics Is an Edifice, Not a Toolbox, Notices of the AMS, v.
43, no. 10,
- In the fall of 1972 President Nixon announced that the rate of
increase of inflation was decreasing. This was the first time a sitting
president used the third derivative to advance his case for
- Taropin, Luba
- July 16, 2003:
Now that you have used the broken phone you understand communism. It is
broken but it is free.
- (The reference is to a pay phone in Camp Stieky (near Minsk)
in Belarus which was broken in such a way that it allowed free phone
- If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Tierney, Katherine (Kate) Elizabeth
- May 14, 1998:
Yeah, well I can do over 300 things with a Greek verb!
- It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you
are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
- I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell-you see, I
have friends in both places.
- If you tell the truth, you do not have to remember anything.
- I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
- The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the
man who can't read them.
- Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is
obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't.
- We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the
world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding
twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
- When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his
being able to deceive other people.
- Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is
time to pause and reflect.
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