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René DescartesFor me, everything in nature is mathematics.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Blaise PascalNature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Albert EinsteinSince the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Albert EinsteinDo not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Albert EinsteinEquations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Albert EinsteinIn so far as theories of mathematics speak about reality, they are not certain, and in so far as they are certain, they do not speak about reality.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

H.L. MenckenIt is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Stanislaw Jerzy LecI don't agree with mathematics; the sum total of zeros is a frightening figure.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Alfred North WhiteheadIt is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Alfred North WhiteheadThe point about zero is that we do not need to use it in the operation of daily life. No one goes out to buy zero fish.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Peter DruckerThere are no creeds in mathematics.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Albert EinsteinGod does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist


Ancient Greek

PlatoGod always geometrizes.

Aεί ο θεός γεωμετρεί

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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EucliidThere is no royal road to geometry.

Μη είναι βασιλικήν ατραπόν επί γεωμετρίαν.

—  Eucliid, 4th-3rd cent. BC, Greek mathematician, the “father of geometry”

     (his answer to the king of Egypt Ptolemy, who asked for a shorter way to learn Geometry)

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Let no one untrained in geometry enter.

Αγεωμέτρητος μηδείς εισίτω.

—  Motto over the entrance to Plato's Academy

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ArchimedesDo not disturb my circles!

Μη μου τους κύκλους τάραττε.

—  Archimedes, 287-212 BC, Ancient Greek mathematician & inventor

     (his last words to the Roman soldier who killed him)

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