Still more astonishing is that world of rigorous fantasy we call mathematics.

~Gregory Bateson

Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At

best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe,

and not make messes in the house.

~Robert Heinlein

You may be an engineer if your idea of good interpersonal communication means getting the decimal point in the right place.

The trouble with integers is that we have examined only the

very small ones. Maybe all the exciting stuff happens at really big

numbers, ones we can’t even begin to think about in any very definite

way. Our brains have evolved to get us out of the rain, find where the

berries are, and keep us from getting killed. Our brains did not

evolve to help us grasp really large numbers or to look at things in a

hundred thousand dimensions.

~Ronald L. Graham

We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be

learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that have

arisen and flourished and vanished from it. Mathematics alone would

occupy me eight million years.

~Mark Twain

Can you do Division? Divide a loaf by a knife – what’s the answer to that?

~Lewis Carroll

Mathematics is the supreme judge; from its decisions there is no appeal.

~Tobias Dantzig

Although he may not always recognize his bondage, modern man lives under a tyranny of numbers.

~Nicholas Eberstadt

The mathematics are usually considered as being the very

antipodes of Poesy. Yet Mathesis and Poesy are of the closest kindred,

for they are both works of the imagination.

~Thomas Hill

I used to love mathematics for its own sake, and I still do, because it allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness….

~Stendhal – Henri Beyle

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

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties; He integrates empirically.

~Albert Einstein

If there is a God, he’s a great mathematician.

~Paul Dirac

To all of us who hold the Christian belief that God is truth,

anything that is true is a fact about God, and mathematics is a branch

of theology.

~Hilda Phoebe Hudson

The different branches of Arithmetic – Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.

~Lewis Carroll

Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.

~Henri Poincaré

Infinity is a floorless room without walls or ceiling.

Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the

physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its

mathematical properties that we can discover.

~Bertrand Russell

God is real, unless declared integer.

If a healthy minded person takes an interest in science, he gets busy with his mathematics and haunts the laboratory.

~W.S. Franklin

Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself.

~Arthur Stanley Eddington

There was a young man from Trinity,

Who solved the square root of infinity.

While counting the digits,

He was seized by the fidgets,

Dropped science, and took up divinity.

~Author Unknown

One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas

have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that

they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers…

~Heinrich Hertz

In the binary system we count on our fists instead of on our fingers.

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.

~Euclid

In most sciences one generation tears down what another has

built and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics

alone each generations adds a new story to the old structure.

~Hermann Hankel

Twice two makes four seems to me simply a piece of insolence.

Twice two makes four is a pert coxcomb who stands with arms akimbo

barring your path and spitting. I admit that twice two makes four is

an excellent thing, but if we are to give everything its due, twice two

makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too.

~Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

I know that two and two make four – & should be glad to

prove it too if I could – though I must say if by any sort of process I

could convert 2 & 2 into five it would give me much greater

pleasure.

~George Gordon

Mathematics may be defined as the economy of counting. There

is no problem in the whole of mathematics which cannot be solved by

direct counting.

~Ernst Mach

Nature does not count nor do integers occur in nature. Man

made them all, integers and all the rest, Kronecker to the contrary

notwithstanding.

~Percy William Bridgman

A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars. That’s subtraction.

~Mae West

I’ve dealt with numbers all my life, of course, and after a

while you begin to feel that each number has a personality of its own.

A twelve is very different from a thirteen, for example. Twelve is

upright, conscientious, intelligent, whereas thirteen is a loner, a

shady character who won’t think twice about breaking the law to get

what he wants. Eleven is tough, an outdoors man who likes tramping

through woods and scaling mountains; ten is rather simpleminded, a

bland figure who always does what he’s told; nine is deep and mystical,

a Buddha of contemplation….

~Paul Auster

Why do we believe that in all matters the odd numbers are more powerful?

~Pliny the Elder

Uneven numbers are the gods’ delight.

~Virgil

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that

its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful

theories.

~Philip J. Davis

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