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Andrew Wiles Quotes and Sayings

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Fermat said he had a proof.
- Andrew Wiles

However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it,
then you can never do it.
- Andrew Wiles

The only way I could relax was when I was with my children.
- Andrew Wiles

I don't believe Fermat had a proof.
I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof.
- Andrew Wiles

 

I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time -
when I woke up in the morning,
when I went to sleep at night - and that went on for eight years.
- Andrew Wiles

Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there
are no solutions up to four million or four billion,
they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.
- Andrew Wiles

Well, some mathematics problems look simple,
and you try them for a year or so, and then you try
them for a hundred years,
and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.
- Andrew Wiles

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I really believed that I was on the right track,
but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal.
- Andrew Wiles

But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library.
- Andrew Wiles

Always try the problem that matters most to you.
- Andrew Wiles

I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life,
what had been my childhood dream.
- Andrew Wiles

I loved doing problems in school.
- Andrew Wiles

Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof
would not be invented for a hundred years.
So even if I was on the right track,
I could be living in the wrong century.
- Andrew Wiles

Just because we can't find a solution it doesn't mean that there isn't one.
- Andrew Wiles

Then when I reached college I realized that many people
had thought about the problem during the 18th and 19th
centuries and so I studied those methods.
- Andrew Wiles

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates
interesting mathematics along the way -
even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.
- Andrew Wiles

The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.
- Andrew Wiles

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics
dates from those early childhood days.
- Andrew Wiles

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the
mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
- Andrew Wiles

I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual
understanding of some part of mathematics that would
clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.
- Andrew Wiles

I know it's a rare privilege, but if one can really
tackle something in adult life that means that much to you,
then it's more rewarding than anything I can imagine.
- Andrew Wiles

There are proofs that date back to the Greeks that are still valid today.
- Andrew Wiles

I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem
generates too much interest.
- Andrew Wiles

That particular odyssey is now over.
My mind is now at rest.
- Andrew Wiles

Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems -
they love a challenge.
- Andrew Wiles

There's also a sense of freedom.
I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about if all the time -
when I woke up in the morning,
when I went to sleep at night, and that went on for eight years.
- Andrew Wiles

I'm sure that some of them will be very hard and I'll
have a sense of achievement again,
but nothing will mean the same to me -
there's no other problem in mathematics that could
hold me the way that this one did.
- Andrew Wiles

We've lost something that's been with us for so long,
and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics.
But perhaps that's always the way with math problems,
and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention.
- Andrew Wiles

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem
will make young mathematicians realize that there are
lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which
are going to be just as challenging in the future.
- Andrew Wiles

It could be that the methods needed to take the next
step may simply be beyond present day mathematics.
Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof
would not be invented for a hundred years.
- Andrew Wiles

And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown
it that the ancients did not know everything.
- Pierre de Fermat

I am more exempt and more distant than any man in the world.
- Pierre de Fermat

I have found a very great number of exceedingly beautiful theorems.
- Pierre de Fermat

I will share all of this with you whenever you wish.
- Pierre de Fermat

It is impossible for any number which is a power greater
than the second to be written as a sum of two like powers.
I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition
which this margin is too narrow to contain.
- Pierre de Fermat

But it is impossible to divide a cube into two cubes,
or a fourth power into fourth powers,
or generally any power beyond the square into like powers;
of this I have found a remarkable demonstration.
This margin is too narrow to contain it.
- Pierre de Fermat

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
- Helen Keller

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

If you are over 30, get out your high-school yearbook
and look for ideas you can apply today -
perhaps an innocent optimism about life -
perhaps a hobby you loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out
in a war fought with the atomic bomb.
Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
- Albert Einstein


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