The Quarter of a Quarter in My Left Foot

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In the classic 1989 film My Left Foot, Christy Brown’s family receives an unforgettable lesson in perseverance as he struggles to make sense of a math equation. While his father jokes that it is impossible to have “a quarter of a quarter” and his siblings find it stupid, Christy diligently attempts to use the slate board he controls with his only functional limb, his left foot.

His determination astounds as he finally forms the correct answer- 1/16- despite being unable to control its formation fully. This scene highlights Christy’s tenacity and serves as a powerful testament to how far he could achieve despite adversity.

Ali Kaya


Ali Kaya

This is Ali. Bespectacled and mustachioed father, math blogger, and soccer player. I also do consult for global math and science startups.

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