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IT HAS BEEN SAID and collected by LEE FRANK* "A scientist is in a sense a learned child. There is something of a scientist in every child. Others must outgrow it. Scientists can stay that way all their life."— George Wald "Be a good listener 'cause you never learn much from talking."—Will Rogers "The poet is the only true doctor, offering perhaps not bodily cure, but something equally important, moment(s) of revelation."—Ralph Waldo Emerson "The great tragedy of science—the slaying ofa beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact."—Thomas Huxley "I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it the right way, did not become still more complicated."—Poul Anderson "The power and the beauty of science do not rest upon infallibility, which it has not, but on corrigibility, without which it is nothing."—Howard E. Grober "Men occasionally stumble across the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."—Winston Churchill (while you and i have lips and voices which are for kissing and to sing with who cares if some oneeyed son of a bitch invents an instrument to measure spring with?)—e. e. cummings "Worrying is the most natural and spontaneous of all human functions. It is time to acknowledge this, perhaps even to learn to do itbetter."—Lewis Thomas Edwards's Time/Effort Law: Effort x Time = Constant ?School of Medicine, University of Miami, P.O. Box 016960, Miami, Florida 33101. Material appearing under this title is collected with the aim of making the serious a bit less serious, the ponderous a bit less heavy, and the reading hours a bit more fun. Toward this goal we invite a guest editor of this feature for each issue. Will readers volunteer to share their senses of humor by collecting or recollecting items that have brought smiles to their faces? We invite your participation. Originals are also welcomed. 224 I It Has Been Said A.Given a large initial time to do something, the initial effort will be small. B.As time goes to zero, effort goes to infinity. If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done. "There are no false theories, and there are no true theories; there are only fertile theories and sterile ones."—Claude Bernard ". . . the harder the wind blows the taller i am"—e. e. cummings "Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions—for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making."—John Milton "That long awaited day . . . when human studies will let us know more about the noble 'rat.' "—Raymond Illsley "Research questions function like blinders on a horse—they resist distractions and allow for focus of energy and purpose. But they (may) limit the possibilities of perception by removing much of the context in which meaning is imbedded. AU is not lost ifonly the horse remembers to turn his head from time to time."— W. A. Silverman "When a thing was new people said, 'It is not true.' Later, when the truth became obvious, people said, 'Anyway, it is not important.' And, when its importance could not be denied, people said, 'Anyway, it is not new.' "—William James "The discovery of truth and its transmission to others belong together, and theirjoint exercise can afford satisfactions greater than either one practiced by itself."—Joel Hildebrand "Notice: Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted ; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot (by order of the author)."—Mark Twain "The reasons for the success of these subjects in editingjournals is clear. First, by preventing new ideas from appearing in print, they make it easier to keep up with the literature. Second, by requiring the experimenter to repeat his study dozens of times and re-write his paper hundreds of times, they enforce the consumption of materials and labor, thus stimulating the national economy. Third, if they can understand a paper, anyone can."—S. A. Rudin " 'Would you tell me, please, which...

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ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 224-227
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-07
Open Access
No
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