Arithmetic must be discovered in just the same sense in which Columbus discovered the West Indies, and we no more create numbers than he created the Indians.

It is not the job of mathematicians... to do correct arithmetical operations. It is the job of bank accountants.

Mathematics is the queen of the sciences

There still remain three studies suitable for free man. Arithmetic is one of them.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'

Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.

The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

Mathematics is the queen of science, and arithmetic the queen of mathematics.

I always thought that I was okay with arithmetic.

It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit. But its very simplicity and the great ease which it has lent to computations put our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions; and we shall appreciate the grandeur of the achievement the more when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest men produced by antiquity.

I am coming more and more to the conviction that the necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated, at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect...geometry should be ranked, not with arithmetic, which is purely aprioristic, but with mechanics.

Reason: The arithmetic of the emotions.

[T]he different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition [G]eometry is not true, it is advantageous.

The mortal enemies of Social Security and Medicare are those who, in contempt of the plain arithmetic, continue to mislead Americans that we should change nothing.

Tis no extravagant arithmetic to say, that for every ten jokes, thou hast got an hundred enemies; and till thou hast gone on, and raised a swarm of wasps about thine ears, and art half stung to death by them, thou wilt never be convinced it is so.

Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.

We have heard much about the poetry of mathematics, but very little of it has yet been sung. The ancients had a juster notion of their poetic value than we.

I refer to the debt - the new red menace. This time consisting of ink.

We all have such stories. It is a brutal arithmetic. But I - I am alive. You are alive. As long as we breathe, we can see and hear. As long as we can remember, all those gone before are alive inside us.

That arithmetic is the basest of all mental activities is proved by the fact that it is the only one that can be accomplished by a machine.

No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.

Further, the dignity of the science itself seems to require that every possible means be explored for the solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated.

The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this. He knows that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent - for every effect a perfect cause - and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.

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