Some of my favourite quotes!

“I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.”      Chinese Proverb

“Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.”  Bell, E.T.

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”  Gudder, S.

“Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost.”  Anglin, W.S.

“The value of a problem is not so much coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would be solver.” Herstein, I.N.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  Proust, Marcel

“The best teacher is not the one who knows most, but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful …”  Mencken, H.L.

“One mark of a great educator is the ability to lead students out to new places where even the educator has never been.”  Groome, Thomas

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”  Schweitzer, Albert

“Ability is what you are capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.”  Holtz, Lou

“Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.”  Descartes, Rene

“I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses.  They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors.”  Caballero, James

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” anonymous


3 Responses to Some of my favourite quotes!

  1. Harry Wagner says:

    Nice quotes. One of my favourites is from Cathy Fosnot: “Our work is driven by the desire to transform clasrooms into communities of mathematicians: places where children explore interesting problems and like mathematicians, engage in crafting solutions, justifications, and proofs of their own making”.

  2. Sylvia Malo says:

    Here is one of my latest favorites by an unknown source….

    “If they don’t learn the way you teach, then teach the way they learn.”

  3. Today I came across a quote I found regarding a teacher’s philosophy from when I first began teaching. I’m not sure who the source is but it goes like this…. “Love your subject and convey that love- all else is secondary.” Food for thought….

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