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Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men. ...
by Andre Weil

Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men.
- Andre Weil

God exists since mathematics is consistent,
and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.
- Andre Weil

Intuition makes much of it; I mean by this the faculty
of seeing a connection between things that in appearance
are completely different;
it does not fail to lead us astray quite often.
- Andre Weil

What is crucial is there be laws.
- Andre Weil


First rate mathematicians choose first rate people,
but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.
- Andre Weil

I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician,
experiences in his work the same impression as an artist;
his pleasure is as great and of the same nature.
- Henri Poincare

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I'm no mathematician, so I'm stuck with the graphic representations.
- Hugh Hopper

Charlie's not your conventional mathematician...
we sexed him up a little bit.
- David Krumholtz

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

There is no philosophy which is not founded upon knowledge of the phenomena,
but to get any profit from this knowledge it is absolutely
necessary to be a mathematician.
- Daniel Bernoulli

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.
- Sofia Kovalevskaya

One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is
one who can see analogies between analogies.
- Stefan Banach

No more than these machines need the mathematician know what he does.
- Henri Poincare

It is easier to square the circle than to get round a mathematician.
- Augustus de Morgan

The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
- Henry Ellis

Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting,
it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands
what more than half a dozen are about.
- E. T. Bell

The numbers may be said to rule the whole world of quantity,
and the four rules of arithmetic may be regarded as
the complete equipment of the mathematician.
- James C. Maxwell

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
- Plato

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation,
the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.
- James Jeans

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

I wanted to become a mathematician, physicist or astronomer.
- Philip Emeagwali

A mathematician, like a painter or poet,
is a maker of patterns.
If his patterns are more permanent than theirs,
it is because they are made with ideas.
- G. H. Hardy

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
- Paul Erdos

No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist
whom he or she doesn't understand,
or at someone who speaks a foreign language,
but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
- Jacques Derrida

The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols,
dealing apparently with purely formal truths,
may still reach results of endless importance for our
description of the physical universe.
- Karl Pearson

I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers,
who set two half proofs equal to a whole one,
but in the sense of a mathematician,
where half proof = 0,
and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

The way in which mathematicians and physicists and
historians talk is quite different,
and what a physicist means by physical intuition and
what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are
things worth thinking about.
- Clifford Geertz

The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates
mathematical elegance when he sees it.
I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance
an essential ingredient of mathematics:
if it is clumsy,
it is not mathematics.
- Edsger Dijkstra

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense,
mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics,
the mathematician thinks music: music the dream,
mathematics the working life.
- James Joseph Sylvester

A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems;
a better mathematician is one who can see analogies
between proofs and the best mathematician can notice
analogies between theories.
- Stefan Banach

Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands,
and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part.
Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses
one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth.
- Marston Morse

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt
towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

Morality is of the highest importance -
but for us, not for God.
- Albert Einstein

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

Every young man would do well to remember that all
successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Force always attracts men of low morality.
- Albert Einstein

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

Morality which depends upon the helplessness
of a man or woman has not much to recommend it.
Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The Leadership Training Institute of America trains
and equips young men and women to be leaders with high
standards of personal morality and integrity.
- Michael Burgess

What is morality in any given time or place? It is
what the majority then and there happen to like and
immorality is what they dislike.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction
and powers of each of the branches of government.
It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
- Bob Woodward

There can be no such thing, in law or in morality,
as actions to an individual, but permitted to a mob.
- Ayn Rand

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age,
when the sense of curiosity has withered.
- Graham Greene

Well, there's a morality in that you want your work to be good,
I suppose.
- Donald Judd

As for morality, well that's all tied up with the question of consciousness.
- Roger Penrose

Morality is a venereal disease.
Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage,
boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
- Karl Kraus

He was as great as a man can be without morality.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

For us, universal values such as justice,
morality and peace cannot be disputed and it is for
this reason that we pursue the restoration of historical truth.
- Robert Kocharian

Some people talk of morality, and some of religion,
but give me a little snug property.
- Maria Edgeworth

Morality is only moral when it is voluntary.
- Lincoln Steffens

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one.
Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
- James Baldwin

I don't believe in morality in architecture.
- Michael Graves

I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality.
- Peter Fonda

I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor.
The question is not morality, the question is money.
That's what we're upset about.
- Toni Morrison

You can't legislate morality.
- Jesse Ventura

Do you not see, first, that - as a mental abstract -
physical force is directly opposed to morality;
and secondly,
that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces?
- Auberon Herbert

I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality
plays in which good triumphs over evil.
- Sylvester Stallone

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