English Mathematician Quotes

175 English Mathematician quotes:

"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude."
"Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas."
"It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious."
"Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains."
"Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up."
"We feel there is already widespread broadband available today."
"Every philosophy is tinged with the colouring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning."
"In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory."
"It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression."
"It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious."
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows."
"Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude."
"The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals."
"The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it."
"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."
"The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development."
"The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue."
"We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge."
"Fermat said he had a proof."
"I don't believe Fermat had a proof. I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof."

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