you don’t say.

Borrowed from lotesseflower:

Go here. Keep refreshing until you’ve collected five quotes that really resonate with you, then post them to your journal.

1. A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
Erica Jong, O Magazine, 2003

2.The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is ‘look under foot.’ You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.
John Burroughs (1837 – 1921)

3. Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
Robert Ingersoll (1833 – 1899)

4. Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)

5. There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914), The Devil’s Dictionary

the illogic of math

This is perhaps the best thing I’ve ever read:

“Six months after I started to write Wrinkle, I discovered higher math. And for me, higher math is much easier than lower math. Lower math lost me in 4th grade when I was taught that 0 x 3 equals 0. Now, I understand that if I have nothing and I multiply it by 0, 3 something’s are not going to appear. But, if I have 3 apples and I multiply them by 0, why are they going to vanish? So I wiped out lower math as philosophically untenable.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

My entire elementary math career makes sense now. Brilliant.