Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.

God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.

Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.

Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.

Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I tell them that if they will occupy themselves with the study of mathematics they will find in it the best remedy against the lusts of the flesh.

We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.

The pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit.

Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.

Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.

I'm sorry to say that the subject I most disliked was mathematics. I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it.

I had a feeling once about Mathematics - that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me - the Byss and Abyss. I saw - as one might see the transit of Venus or even the Lord Mayor's Show - a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly why it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable but it was after dinner and I let it go.

Numbers written on restaurant bills within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe. This single fact took the scientific world by storm.

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition.

Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful.

Standard mathematics has recently been rendered obsolete by the discovery that for years we have been writing the numeral five backward. This has led to reevaluation of counting as a method of getting from one to ten. Students are taught advanced concepts of Boolean algebra, and formerly unsolvable equations are dealt with by threats of reprisals.

Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. "Immortality" may be a silly word, but probably a mathematician has the best chance of whatever it may mean.

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