(237 quotes found)

“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

“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

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

“Mathematics possesses not only truth, but also supreme beauty”

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”

Maria Montessori

“What is algebra exactly; is it those three-cornered things?”

James Matthew Barrie

“Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true”

“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

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

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy