It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

I see a certain order in the universe and math is one way of making it visible.

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.

Perhaps I could best describe my experience of doing mathematics in terms of entering a dark mansion. You go into the first room and it's dark, completely dark. You stumble around, bumping into the furniture. Gradually, you learn where each piece of furniture is. And finally, after six months or so, you find the light switch and turn it on. Suddenly, it's all illuminated and you can see exactly where you were. Then you enter the next dark room.

The understanding of mathematics is necessary for a sound grasp of ethics.

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.

As to your Newton, I confess I do not understand his void and his gravity; I admit he has demonstrated the movement of the heavenly bodies with more exactitude than his forerunners; but you will admit it is an absurdity to to maintain the existence of Nothing.

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.

The important thing to remember about mathematics is not to be frightened

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

The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.

Mathematical demonstrations being built upon the impregnable Foundations of Geometry and Arithmetick are the only truths that can sink into the Mind of Man, void of all Uncertainty; and all other Discourses participate more or less of Truth according as their Subjects are more or less capable of Mathematical Demonstration.

Reductio ad absurdum, which Euclid loved so much, is one of a mathematician's finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess play: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but a mathematician offers the game.

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.

Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.

I believe that mathematical reality lies outside us, that our function is to discover or observe it, and that the theorems which we prove, and which we describe grandiloquently as our "creations," are simply the notes of our observations.

There is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics.

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.

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

If you think it's simple, then you have misunderstood the problem.

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