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  Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

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

  As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  We are servants rather than masters in mathematics.  
 -  Charles Hermite
  

  I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  
 -  John Adams
  

  I was good at math before they decided to mix the alphabet in it.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A lot of music is mathematics. It's balance.  
 -  Mel Brooks
  

  Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert the negatives into positives.  
 -  Unknown
  

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

  In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race.  
 -  Charles Babbage
  

  If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.  
 -  Vannevar Bush
  

  Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.  
 -  David Hilbert
  

  The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.  
 -  David Hilbert
  

  Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.  
 -  Stefan Banach
  

  Mathematics is as old as Man.  
 -  Stefan Banach
  

  I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.  
 -  G. H. Hardy
  

  Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.  
 -  G. H. Hardy
  

  It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.  
 -  Carl Friedrich Gauss
  

  If mathematics is to be understood widely, we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications. Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is!  
 -  Johnny Ball
  

  Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.  
 -  David Hilbert
  

  For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.  
 -  Louis Bacon
  

  All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one's brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon.  
 -  Louis Bacon
  

  I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was the study I was best fitted to follow, though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account.  
 -  Simon Newcomb
  

  As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.  
 -  Simon Newcomb
  

  If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.  
 -  Galileo Galilei
  

  The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.  
 -  S. Gudder
  

  If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

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

  Women have a passion for mathematics. They divide their age in half, double the price of their clothes, and always add at least five years to the age of their best friend.  
 -  Marcel Achard
  

  The mathematics is not there till we put it there.  
 -  Arthur Eddington
  

  It has become almost a cliche 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.  
 -  Richard Dawkins
  

  But the creative principle resides in mathematics. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  There's something uniquely interesting about Buddhism and mathematics, particularly about quantum physics, and where they meet. That has fascinated us for a long time.  
 -  Andy Wachowski
  

  It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics.  
 -  Stephen Hawking
  

  Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.  
 -  Frank Capra
  

  Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.  
 -  Georg Cantor
  

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

  I don't believe in mathematics.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.  
 -  Plato
  

  It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  We must always emphasize research and development of science and mathematics, and I can think of no better way to achieve this than through our future in space.  
 -  Nick Lampson
  

  The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection, must therefore first study Logic, next the various branches of Mathematics in their proper order, then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.  
 -  Maimonides
  

  There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied mathematics.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.  
 -  Tahar Ben Jelloun
  

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

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.  
 -  Richard M. Nixon
  

  The piano's world encompasses glass-nerved virtuosi and stomping barrel-housers in fedoras; it is a world of pasture and storm, of perfumed smoke, of liquid mathematics.  
 -  Kenneth Miller
  

  Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.  
 -  Robert Quine
  

  Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.  
 -  Stendhal
  

  I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  The most painful thing about mathematics is how far away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.  
 -  James Newman
  

  The Theory of Groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the result with the result obtained from doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing.  
 -  James Newman
  

  The infinite in mathematics is alway unruly unless it is properly treated.  
 -  James Newman
  

  It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.  
 -  James Newman
  

  I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics.  
 -  George Washington Carver
  

  Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  But there is another reason for the high repute of mathematics: it is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.  
 -  E. T. Bell
  

  The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.  
 -  E. T. Bell
  

  If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper.  
 -  E. T. Bell
  

  Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.  
 -  E. T. Bell
  

  It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.  
 -  E. T. Bell
  

  Obvious' is the most dangerous word in mathematics.  
 -  E. T. Bell
  

  Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.  
 -  Richard Courant
  

  For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy but active experience in mathematics itself that can alone answer the question: What is mathematics?  
 -  Richard Courant
  

  Mathematics is written for mathematicians.  
 -  Nicolaus Copernicus
  

  There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.  
 -  Edsger Dijkstra
  

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

  The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.  
 -  Edsger Dijkstra
  

  For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.  
 -  Chris Columbus
  

  Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.  
 -  Edsger Dijkstra
  

  The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.  
 -  David Chalmers
  

  My interests started about in science and in mathematics; I always thought I was going to be a mathematician.  
 -  David Chalmers
  

  Doing mathematics should always mean finding patterns and crafting beautiful and meaningful explanations.  
 -  Paul Lockhart
  

  Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it.  
 -  Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
  

  The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and physics rests on the concepts of space and time.  
 -  James J. Gibson
  

  Mathematics is the queen of sciences and arithmetic is the queen of mathematics.  
 -  Carl Friedrich Gauss
  

  Over the centuries, monumental upheavals in science have emerged time and again from following the leads set out by mathematics.  
 -  Brian Greene
  

  There is a slam-dunk case for extending foreign language teaching to children aged five. Just as some people have taken a perverse pride in not understanding mathematics, so we have taken a perverse pride in the fact that we do not speak foreign languages, and we just need to speak louder in English.  
 -  Michael Gove
  

  For most people, the major hurdle in grasping modern insights into the nature of the universe is that these developments are usually phrased using mathematics.  
 -  Brian Greene
  

  In my own research when I'm working with equations, I never feel like I really understand what I'm doing if I'm solely relying on the mathematics for my understanding. I need to have a visual picture in my mind. I'm constantly translating from the math to some intuitive mind's-eye picture.  
 -  Brian Greene
  

  I think math is a hugely creative field, because there are some very well-defined operations that you have to work within. You are, in a sense, straightjacketed by the rules of the mathematics. But within that constrained environment, it's up to you what you do with the symbols.  
 -  Brian Greene
  

  To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be.  
 -  Leonhard Euler