(233 quotes found)

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

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

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

Maria Montessori

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

Francis Bacon Sr.

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

“Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.”

Stendhal

“The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal”

William James

“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

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

Sydney Smith

“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