Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Via Jerry P. Becker: SAYINGS XXXVIII

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Note regarding the last SAYINGS (XXXVII):  T. Christine Stevens wrote:  The purported statement by Jefferson that "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not," by Mr. Carpenter, seems to be one of those bogus quotes that makes the rounds on the Internet.  It appears that it first appeared in print in 1986 (See mediawiki/index.php/The_democracy_will_cease_to_exist>).  Indeed, if you google "democracy will cease to exist," most of the hits will be conservative blogs or sites debunking this as an authentic quote from Jefferson. Also, regarding the same statement, Stephen Currie wrote: That "quote" has never been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson and was evidently not recorded anywhere until the 1980s. See, among others, http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/The_democracy_will_cease_to_exist and http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/j/jefferson-quotes.htm.  Mr. Carpenter is of course entitled to his own opinions, but it would be best if he did not attribute them to people who probably did not actually say them. (Alternatively, if Mr. Carpenter has evidence that the quote really is Jefferson's, that would be useful to know!)
 
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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. And a number come from Brainy Quotes at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/v/viktor_e_frankl.html .
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"A true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good."
 (Ann Landers)      [From the signature of Christian Brown]


"Dewey feared, however, that without an intelligent vigilance, the few would take over from the many, the rich would dominate the poor, and the common good would be replaced by plutocratic corporate private interest."
(Richard Gibboney, regarding John Dewey)  [Copied from a note from Michael Paul Goldenberg]


"Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur."
(Muriel Spark, Scottish novelist)


"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first"
(Sol Gordon)      [From the signature of Karen Stotlar]


"99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name."
(Steven Wright)


"Every time I say the word diet, I wash my mouth out with chocolate."
(Unknown)      [Seen on the wall of the chocolate shop in Ste. Genevieve, MO]


"Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]


"All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand."
(Steven Wright)


"Figuring out who you are is the whole point of the human experience."
(Anna Quindlen, American journalist and author)


"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy."
(John Dewey - 1915)      [From the signature of David Stinson]


"Where anything is growing, one former is worth a thousand re-formers."
(Dewey, 1900/1956, p. 7/The School and Society)


"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have."
(Harry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman - quoted for U.S. Independence Day, July 4, 2011)


"A public education system is based on the principle that you care whether the kid down the street gets an education."
(Noam Chomsky)      [From the signature of Michael Goldernberg]


"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
(George Orwell)      [From the signature of Jonathan Bean]


"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."
(Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-born educator)


"Human history becomes, more and more, a race between education and catastrophe."
(H. G. Wells)      [From a note by Marion Brady, on the EDDRA2 listserve]


"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
(Harry S Truman)


"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
(Karen Kaiser Clark, American motivational speaker and consultant)


"One cannot understand the history of education in the United States during the twentieth century unless one realizes that Edward L. Thorndike won and John Dewey lost."
(Ellen Condliffe Lagemann [quoted by Gibboney (2006)]      [From Richard Hake's list]


"He who receives an idea from me receives instruction for himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me."
(Thomas Jefferson)      [From article by Rachel Toor]


"I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone."
(Bjarne Stronstrup - inventor of C++ (much-used computer language))


"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought."
(Matsuo Basho, Japanese poet)


"I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast."
(Viktor E. Frankl)


"The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in Congress."
(Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-born American historian and journalist)


"You don't have to buy from anyone. You don't have to work at any particular job. You don't have to participate in any given relationship. You can choose."
(Harry Browne, American libertarian writer, politician and investment analyst)


"Know how and also know why."
(Traditional saying among Chinese teachers)


"Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false."
(Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher, poet and critic)

"Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved."
(Margaret Fuller, journalist and women's rights advocate)


"Our aspirations are our possibilities."
(Samuel Johnson)      [From the signature of Monica Neagoy]


"All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions."
(Adlai E. Stevenson, American politician)


Q: How does a mathematician induce good behavior in her children?
 A: 'I've told you n times, I've told you n+1 times ...'


"A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others."
(Jane Austen, British author)


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)      [From the signature of Mary Wonderlick]


"Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?"
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]


"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
 (Albert Einstein)

"Chocolate will make your clothes shrink."
(Unknown)      [Seen on the wall of the chocolate shop in Ste. Genevieve, MO]


"Patience is a companion of wisdom."
(Saint Augustin)


"My soul's had enough chicken soup, I want chocolate."
(Unknown)      [Seen on a wall of the chocolate shop in Ste. Genevieve, MO]


"On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody's activities affect everybody else."
(Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator, philosopher and scholar)


"Mathematics is the Language of the Universe."
(Unknown)      [From the signature of Kathleen Smith]


"Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either - leave me the hell alone."
(Anonymous)


"The world is full of cactus, but you don't have to sit on it."
(Unknown - Proverb)      [From the signature of Karen Stotlar]


"To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self."
(Joan Didion, American journalist, essayist and novelist)


"I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."
(Steven Wright)


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


"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."
(Donald Rumsfeld at a news briefing, February 12, 2002)


"I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that."
(Donald Rumsfeld in an interview with Steve Croft, Infinity CBS Radio Connect, November 14, 2002)

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An investment firm is hiring mathematicians. After the first round of interviews, three hopeful recent graduates - a pure mathematician, an applied mathematician, and a graduate in mathematical finance - are asked what starting salary they are expecting.

The pure mathematician: "Would $30,000 be too much?"

The applied mathematician: "I think $60,000 would be OK."

The math finance person: "What about $300,000?"
 
The personnel officer is flabbergasted: "Do you know that we have a graduate in pure mathematics who is willing to do the same work for a tenth of what you are demanding!?"

"Well, I thought of $135,000 for me, $135,000 for you - and $30,000 for the pure mathematician who will do the work."

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