A Quote by Susan Landau on curiosity, day, graduation, husbands, ideas, impossibility, jobs, life, reading, research, schools, students, time, wonder, work, and world

There's a touch of the priesthood in the academic world, a sense that a scholar should not be distracted by the mundane tasks of day-to-day living. I used to have great stretches of time to work. Now I have research thoughts while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Sure it's impossible to write down ideas while reading "curious George" to a two-year-old. On the other hand, as my husband was leaving graduate school for his first job, his thesis advisor told him, "You may wonder how a professor gets any research done when one has to teach, advise students, serve on committees, referee papers, write letters of recommendation, interview prospective faculty. Well, I take long showers."

Susan Landau

Source: Her Own Words: Six Mathematicians Comment on Their Lives and Careers. September 1991

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A Quote by Susan Brownell Anthony on children, church, idealism, money, people, and schools

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

Source: Letter 1900 to Dr. Sara R.Dolley; in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol 3 ch 57 by Harper 1908

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A Quote by Steven Wright on crime and schools

In school, every period ends with a bell. Every sentence ends with a period. Every crime ends with a sentence.

Steven Wright (1955 -)

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on achievement, day, education, good, mind, schools, and study

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price, day in and day out, you never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop and educated mind.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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A Quote by Sir William Alexander on experience, knowledge, learning, and schools

Yet with great toil all that I can attain By long experience, and in learned schools, Is for to know my knowledge is but vain, And those that think them wise, are greatest fools.

Sir William Alexander (c. 1567 - 1640)

Source: The Tragedy of Crœsus

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A Quote by Sir Max Beerbohm on good, modesty, reason, and schools

Not that I had any special reason for hating school. Strange as it may seem to my readers, I was not unpopular there. I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.

Sir Max Beerbohm (1872 - 1956)

Source: Going Back to School

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A Quote by Shel Silverstein on blindness, play, and schools

"I cannot go to school today," Said little Peggy Ann McKay. "I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash, and purple bumps. My mouth is wet, my throat is dry, I'm going blind in my right eye. . . . . "What's that? What's that you say? You say today is . . . Saturday? G'bye, I'm going out to play!"

Shel Silverstein (1932 - 1999)

Source: Sick

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on learning, life, and schools

We learn not in the school, but in life.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on learning and schools

There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, - but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. vi. Chap. i. 1775.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on college, duty, genius, and schools

Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks.

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