Carl Sandburg

Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.
Arithmetic tells you how many you lose or win if you know how many you had before
    you lost or won.
Arithmetic is seven eleven all good children go to heaven-or five six bundle of sticks.
Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your
    paper till you get the answer.
Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of
    the window and see the blue sky-or the answer is wrong and you have to start all
    over and try again and see how it comes out this time.
If you take a number and double it and double it again and then double it a few more
    times, the number gets bigger and bigger and goes higher and higher and only
    arithmetic can tell you what the number is when you
    decide to quit doubling.
Arithmetic is where you have to multiply-and you carry the multiplication table in your
    head and hope you won't lose it.
If you have two animal crackers, one good and one bad, and you eat one and a striped
    zebra with streaks all over him eats the other, how many animal crackers will you
    have if somebody offers you five six seven and you say No no no and you say Nay
    nay nay and you say Nix nix nix?
If you ask your mother for one fried egg for breakfast and she gives you two fried eggs
    and you eat both of them, who is better in arithmetic, you or your mother?

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