Quotations XVIII: The Art of Asking Questions

Priorities, motivation, and a little bit of math from my blackboard…

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

In mathematics, the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems.

Georg Cantor

As soon as you understand 2 x 4, you can’t believe there was a time when you didn’t understand it.

Cynthia Copeland Lewis

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Edison

Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.

Paul Erdos

My teenage son chose the Thomas Edison quote, which would feel right at home on a motivational poster. With Chickenfoot’s sense of humor, however, I would have expected him to lean more toward this sort of thing.


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