"As Alberto Alessi once said, anything very new often falls into the realm of the not possible, but you should still sail as close to the edge as you can, because it is only through failure that you will know where the edge really is. The edge is also where real genius resides."+ 'In praise of the research university' Brandeis University-School of Science commencement address (may'96) by Dr Harry Mairson.
"Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It's about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result."
"..one of my responsibilities is to make students realize that their frustration over not understanding and sometimes failing is our jointly suffered occupational hazard. Furthermore, in confronting this frustration, these students confront the limits of the potential and creativity that define them as educated men and women. This, for me, was the moral of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus: for those of us who bear a greater resemblance to Salieri, what can you do with your life that is worthwhile if you are not Mozart?"+ Celebrate Failure
"Not that all research is scary, and like a good portfolio manager, you learn to control risk. A balance needs to be struck between barely incremental 're-search' for things that you, or someone else, already found, and the maddening vertigo of trying something so new that you haven't the foggiest idea what to do. But a research life---and an academic life---without risk is not worth the effort, and our language abounds with sayings to that effect: a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"