“Three lies we learned in school:
1. answering questions as opposed to asking them
2. endless memorization as a learning method; and
3. worshipping at the foot of success rather than understanding failure.”— Richard Saul Wurman (founder of TED)
“I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifest.”— Albert Einstein
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security
— Albert Einstein, quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977).