Thursday, 10 September 2009

quotable quotes

Everything is easy if you think about it. Thinking is not easy.

Einstein said ..

"It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry: for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. It is a great mistake to think that a sense of duty and compulsion can be conducive to finding joy in seeking and learning. A healthy carnivore animal would have refused food if by cracks of a whip he were continually compelled to eat meat, particularly if the compulsively offered food were not chosen by him"

*source: "On A.N. Kolmogorov", V.I. ARNOL'D, Golden Years of Moscow Mathematics, History of Mathematics Vol 6., American Mathematical Society.