Quotes to Challenge Your Productivity

28 02 2011


Intelligence is the ability to take in information from the world and to find patterns in that information that allow you to organize your perceptions and understand the external world. – Brian Greene, physicist & author

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. – Bertrand Russell

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains. – Mary Pettibone Poole

It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that. – G. H. Hardy

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade? – Benjamin Franklin

Gifted children have no greater obligation than any other children to be future leaders or world class geniuses. They should just be given a chance to be themselves, children who might like to classify their collections of baseball cards by the middle initials of the players, or who might like to spend endless afternoon hours in dreamy reading of novels, and to have an education that appreciates and serves these behaviors. – Jane Piirto,

…as much as the world has benefited from the contributions of gifted individuals, it is disturbing…to realize that the population least likely to learn and achieve its potential is the highly gifted. – Joseph Cardillo, Gifted Children: Nurturing Genius (Part One)

It’s a tough time to raise, teach or be a highly gifted child… Schools are to extraordinarily intelligent children what zoos are to cheetahs… Every organism has an internal drive to fulfill its biological design. The same is true for unusually bright children. From time to time the bars need be removed, the enclosures broadened. Zoo Chow, easy and cheap as it is, must give way, at least some of the time, to lively, challenging mental prey. – Stephanie Tolan, Is It A Cheetah?

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. – Edgar Allan Poe

The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers most from its own limitations. – Andre Gide

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. – Rene Descartes

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. – Galileo Galilei

I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic. – Abigail Adams

You cannot solve a problem from the frame of mind that created the problem in the first place. – Albert Einstein

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance. – Akhenaton

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. – Aristotle

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. – John Wooden

If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. – Dick Vermeil

Intelligence is like a river: the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. – Unknown

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Bagehot

Paralyze resistance with persistence. – Woody Hayes

There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. – C. M. Ward

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. – Ronald E. Osborn

We are altogether too easily deceived by the time-worn argument that the gifted student, ‘the genius’ perhaps, will ‘get along somehow without much teaching. The fact is, the gifted… and the brilliant… are the ones who need the closest attention of the skilful mechanic. – W. Franklin Jones, Ph. D., in An Experimental-Critical Study of the Problem of Grading and Promotion (1912)

There is more treasure in books than in the entire pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney

As a society we must be able to admire ability, to support ability, to celebrate ability and to nurture ability. It must be as socially acceptable to support genius that is intellectual as it is to support genius that is athletic. – Michael Clay Thompson

What happens to the rat that stops running the maze? The doctors think it’s dumb when it’s just disappointed. – Mark Eitzel

Give me rigor or give me mortis! – Michael Clay Thompson

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. – F. Wikzek

When once the child has learned that 4 and 2 are 6, a thousand repetitions will give him no new information, and it is a waste of time to keep him in that manner. – J.M. Greenwood, 1888

You can never hold a person down without staying down with him. – Booker T. Washington

To learn a particular concept, some children need days, some ten minutes. But the typical lockstep schedule and curriculum ignores this fundamental fact. – Marilyn Hughes

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar! – Helen Keller



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