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Like the crest of a peacock so is mathematics at the head of all knowledge.
      - Anonymous,
        "Like the Crest of a Peacock" by G.G. Joseph

The mathematics are friends of religion, inasmuch as they charm the passions, restrain the impetuosity of imagination, and purge the mind from error and prejudice.
      - John Arbuthnot

The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.
      - Aristotle, Metaphysica (3-1078b)

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
      - Francis Bacon

Mathematics are the most abstracted of knowledge.
      - Francis Bacon

For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
      - Roger Bacon, Opus Majus (pt. 4)

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
      - Eric Temple Bell

The Handmaiden of the Sciences.
      - Eric Temple Bell,
        title of book, about mathematics

It is the merest truism, evident at once to unsophisticated observation, that mathematics is a human invention.
      - Percy W. Bridgman,
        The Logic of Modern Physics

I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors. Everybody a mathematician?
      - James Caballero, "CAIP Quarterly" (2)

As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained.
      - Arthur Cayley,
        "The World of Mathematics" edited by J.R. Newman

Between the penis and the mathematical one . . . there exists nothing. Nothing! It is a vacuum.
  [Fr., Entre le penis et les mathematiques . . . il n'existe rien. Rien! C'est le vide.]
      - Louis-Ferdinand Celine,
        Voyage au bout de la nuit

To isolate mathematics from the practical demands of the sciences is to invite the sterility of a cow shut away from the bulls.
      - Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev,
        "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons (198)

Mathematics may, be briefly defined as the science of quantities, and is one of the most important of disciplining studies which engage the practical student.
      - Rufus Choate

He that gives a portion of his time and talent to the investigation of mathematical truth will come to all other questions with a decided advantage.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
      - Nicolaus Copernicus, De Revolutionibus

Revolutions never occur in mathematics.
      - Michael Crowe, Historia Mathematica

Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.
      - Charles Robert Darwin,
        "Mathematical Maxims and Minims" edited by N. Rose

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.
      - Philip J. Davis,
        in "Scientific American" magazine
         (p. 51-59)

Mathematics is the only instructional material that can be presented in an entirely undogmatic way.
      - Max Wilhelm Dehn,
        "The Mathematical Intelligencer"
         (vol. 5, no. 2)

With me everything turns into mathematics.
  [Fr., Omnia apud me mathematica fiunt.]
      - Rene Descartes

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
      - Albert Einstein

Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater.
      - Albert Einstein

How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?
      - Albert Einstein

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
      - Albert Einstein

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