There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world.

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.

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

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

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

I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.

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

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best, he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear his shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.

What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for men, more admirably high and demonstrative, than this of mathematics?

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.

I am too good for philosophy and not good enough for physics. Mathematics is in between.

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

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

Pure mathematics, may it never be of any use to anyone.

The science of pure mathematics, in its modern developments, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.

If I feel unhappy, I do mathematics to become happy. If I am happy, I do mathematics to keep happy.

The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.

An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination.

In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.

A mathematician who can only generalise is like a monkey who can only climb up a tree, and a mathematician who can only specialise is like a monkey who can only climb down a tree. In fact neither the up monkey nor the down monkey is a viable creature. A real monkey must find food and escape his enemies and so must be able to incessantly climb up and down. A real mathematician must be able to generalise and specialise.

Mathematicians are like lovers. Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must also grant him, and from this consequence another.

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