# My Favorite One-Liners: Part 75

In this series, I’m compiling some of the quips and one-liners that I’ll use with my students to hopefully make my lessons more memorable for them.

The $\delta-\epsilon$ definition of a limit is often really hard for students to swallow:

$\forall \epsilon > 0 \exists \delta > 0 \forall x (0 < |x - c| < \delta \Rightarrow |f(x) - L| < \epsilon)$

To make this a little more palatable, I’ll choose a simple specific example, like $\lim_{x \to 2} x^2 = 4$, or

$\forall \epsilon > 0 \exists \delta > 0 \forall x (0 < |x - 2| < \delta \Rightarrow |x^2 - 4| < \epsilon)$

I’ll use one of the famous lines from “Annie Get Your Gun”:

Anything you can do, I can do better.

In other words, no matter how small a $\delta$ they give me, I can find an $\epsilon$ that meets the requirements of this limit.