A Quote by H.E. Slaught on admiration, audiences, correction, courage, country, discovery, errors, graduation, honesty, meetings, observation, and students

...[E.H.] Moore ws presenting a paper on a highly technical topic to a large gathering of faculty and graduate students from all parts of the country. When half way through he discovered what seemed to be an error (though probably no one else in the room observed it). He stopped and re-examined the doubtful step for several minutes and then, convinced of the error, he abruptly dismissed the meeting -- to the astonishment of most of the audience. It was an evidence of intellectual courage as well as honesty and doubtless won for him the supreme admiration of every person in the group -- an admiration which was in no wise diminished, but rather increased, when at a later meeting he announced that after all he had been able to prove the step to be correct.

H.E. Slaught

Source: The American Mathematical Monthly, 40 (1933), 191-195.

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A Quote by Harry Woodburn Chase on education, hope, knowledge, liberals, lies, prejudice, problems, science, and students

Man's knowledge of science has clearly outstripped his knowledge of man. Our only hope of making the atom servant rather than master lies in education, in a broad liberal education where each student within his capacity can free himself from trammels of dogmatic prejudice and apply his educational accoutrement to besetting social and human problems.

Harry Woodburn Chase

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A Quote by George Polyá on argument, books, duty, good, opportunity, problems, solution, students, teachers, understanding, and work

Even fairly good students, when they have obtained the solution of the problem and written down neatly the argument, shut their books and look for something else. Doing so, they miss an important and instructive phase of the work. . . . A good teacher should understand and impress on his students the view that no problem whatever is completely exhausted. One of the first and foremost duties of the teacher is not to give his students the impression that mathematical problems have little connection with each other, and no connection at all with anything else. We have a natural opportunity to investigate the connections of a problem when looking back at its solution.

George Polya

Source: How to Solve It. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1945.

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A Quote by Gene Oliver on students

When the student is ready. . . the lesson appears.

Gene Oliver

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A Quote by Frederick W. Smith on ideas, management, order, service, and students

A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service: The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.

Frederick W. Smith

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A Quote by Edward King on beauty, charm, creation, influence, quality, and students

One of his students wrote afterwards of King's influence as follows: The whole place was alive with him. His look, his voice, his gaiety, his beauty, his charm, his holiness, filled it and possessed it. There was an air about it, a tone in it, a quality, a delicacy, a depth, which were his creation. . . . All was human, natural, and free.

Edward King (1829 - 1910)

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A Quote by Edward King on colors, dance, gold, influence, laughter, and students

One of his students wrote afterwards of King's influence as follows: It was light he carried with him-light that shone through him-light that flowed from him. The room was lit into which he entered. It was as if we had fallen under a streak of sunlight, that flickered, and danced, and laughed, and turned all to color and gold. . . .

Edward King (1829 - 1910)

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A Quote by Dr. Dorothy Lee on cheating, force, life, losing, plants, students, time, and water

I tell my students to get two plants, one alive and one plastic. As time goes on, the students tell me that the plastic plant is pretty but that 'It doesn't call to me, it doesn't say "Water me." or "See if I've changed since last night - see if I have a new leaf." The students become involved with the living plant. It keeps pulling to them, and they care about it. They nurture it, but they don't want to force it. I think we have lost our sense of involvement and that we're cheating ourselves. What would life be like if there were only plastic flowers?

Dr. Dorothy Lee

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on body, buddhism, learning, life, mind, nature, plants, practice, students, and time

Whenever learners or those beyond learning awaken the mind, for the first time they plant one buddha-nature. Working with the four elements and five clusters, if they practice sincerely they attain enlightenment. Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment. This is because the four elements and five clusters and plants, trees, fences and walls are fellow students; because they are of the same essence, because they are the same mind and the same life, because they are the same body and the same mechanism.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Awakening the Unsurpassed Mind, #31 Translated by Thomas Cleary, Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji

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A Quote by David McCord on students and teaching

The decent docent doesn't doze; He teaches standing on his toes. His student dassn't doze and does, And that's what teaching is and was.

David McCord (1897 - 1997)

Source: What Cheer, 1945

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