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Henri Poincare Quotes and Sayings

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A small error in the former will produce an enormous error in the latter.
- Henri Poincare

Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of
useless contraptions and in constructing the useful
combinations which are in infinite minority.
- Henri Poincare

Hypotheses are what we lack the least.
- Henri Poincare

If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation
of the universe at the initial moment,
we could predict exactly the situation of the same
universe at a succeeding moment.
- Henri Poincare

 

In the old days when people invented a new function
they had something useful in mind.
- Henri Poincare

The mathematical facts worthy of being studied are those which,
by their analogy with other facts, are capable of leading
us to the knowledge of a physical law.
- Henri Poincare

If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing,
and if nature were not worth knowing,
life would not be worth living.
- Henri Poincare

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Thus, they are free to replace some objects by others
so long as the relations remain unchanged.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
- Henri Poincare

To invent is to discern, to choose.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematicians are born, not made.
- Henri Poincare

Facts do not speak.
- Henri Poincare

Absolute space, that is to say, the mark to which it
would be necessary to refer the earth to know whether it really moves,
has no objective existence.
- Henri Poincare

What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution,
in a demonstration?
- Henri Poincare

A sane mind should not be guilty of a logical fallacy,
yet there are very fine minds incapable of following
mathematical demonstrations.
- Henri Poincare

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

A very small cause which escapes our notice determines
a considerable effect that we cannot fail to see,
and then we say that the effect is due to chance.
- Henri Poincare

To doubt everything, or, to believe everything,
are two equally convenient solutions;
both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
- Henri Poincare

It is far better to foresee even without certainty
than not to foresee at all.
- Henri Poincare

It has adopted the geometry most advantageous to the species or,
in other words, the most convenient.
- Henri Poincare

It is through science that we prove,
but through intuition that we discover.
- Henri Poincare

Thought is only a flash between two long nights,
but this flash is everything.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematical discoveries, small or great are never
born of spontaneous generation.
- Henri Poincare

Just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts.
- Henri Poincare

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
he studies it because he delights in it,
and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
- Henri Poincare

Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.
- Henri Poincare

The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when
experience forces it to do so.
- Henri Poincare

Point set topology is a disease from which the human race will soon recover.
- Henri Poincare

Science is facts.
- Henri Poincare

Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible?
- Henri Poincare

Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked,
so to speak, making a stable combination.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematicians do not study objects,
but relations between objects.
- Henri Poincare

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

Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones.
But a collection of facts is no more a science than
a heap of stones is a house.
- Henri Poincare

How is an error possible in mathematics?
- Henri Poincare

It is the harmony of the diverse parts,
their symmetry, their happy balance;
in a word it is all that introduces order,
all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly
and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.
- Henri Poincare

One would have to have completely forgotten the history
of science so as to not remember that the desire to
know nature has had the most constant and the happiest
influence on the development of mathematics.
- Henri Poincare

If that enabled us to predict the succeeding situation
with the same approximation,
that is all we require, and we should say that the
phenomenon had been predicted,
that it is governed by the laws.
- Henri Poincare

If one looks at the different problems of the integral
calculus which arise naturally when one wishes to go
deep into the different parts of physics,
it is impossible not to be struck by the analogies existing.
- Henri Poincare

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith

I Act with Bold Courage:
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step -
large and small - with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

It is awfully hard to be brave, when you're only a Very Small Animal.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

A coincidence is a small miracle in which
God chooses to remain anonymous.
- Anonymous

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.
- Albert Einstein

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Success is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day in and day out.
- Robert Collier

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

The unknown is like the darkness of a cave -
it can be illuminated by the brief light
of one adventurer's small candle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

It is of the small joys and little pleasures
that the greatest of our days are built.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton


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