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“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

“Mathematics is the queen of sciences and arithmetic is the queen of mathematics”

Carl Friedrich Gauss

“Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.”

Francis Bacon Sr.

“What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?”

Sydney Smith

“Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.”

Stendhal

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.”

“Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it.”

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

“Medicine makes people ill, mathematics makes them sad, and theology makes them sinful”

Martin Luther

“Mathematics alone make us feel the limits of our intelligence. For we can always suppose in the case of an experiment that it is inexplicable because we don't happen to have all the data. In mathematics we have all the data and yet we don't understand. We always come back to the contemplation of our human wretchedness. What force is in relation to our will, the impenetrable opacity of mathematics is in relation to our intelligence.”

Simone Weil