J. R. Platt

  • "Count that day lost whose low descending sun sees from thy mind no gamesworth of reasoning done."

Old Saw

  • "Armed with just a hammer, everything looks like a nail."

Henri-Louis Bergson

  • "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."

Pablo Picasso

  • "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

G. Polya in How To Solve It:

  • "Heuristic reasoning is reasoning not regarded as final and strict but as provisional and plausible only, whose purpose is to discover the solution of the present problem."
  • "Good problems and mushrooms of certain kinds have something in common; they grow in clusters. Having found one, you should look around; there is a good chance that there are some more quite near."
  • "No idea is really bad, unless we are uncritical. What is really bad is to have no idea at all."
  • "Assume what is required to be done as already done, what is sought as found, what you have to prove as true." (See Zen.)
  • "The main advantage of the exceptionally talented may consist in a sort of extraordinary mental sensibility. With exquisite sensibility, he feels subtle signs of progress or notices their absence where the less talented are unable to perceive the difference."
  • "Look out for the right model to imitate.... Observe a stimulating teacher.... Compete with a capable friend."
  • "A wise man changes his mind. A fool never does."

Galileo Galilei

  • "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."

Sun Tsu

  • "Tell me, and I will forget; show me, and I may remember; involve me, and I will understand."

Barbara Harrell Carson

  • "Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them."

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