# Mathematics Quotes

Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

If a `religion` is defined to be a system of ideas that contains unprovable statements, then Gödel taught us that mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one.

Mathematical analysis [...] seems to be a faculty of the human mind destined to supplement the shortness of life and the imperfection of the senses.

Infinity is like a wild animal, spotted in the depths of a forest. You catch a glimpse of something, but moments later you aren`t sure if you saw it at all. Then, unexpectedly, the animal comes into full view.

It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.

Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.

Physicists have come to realize that mathematics, when used with sufficient care, is a proven pathway to truth.

Outside observers often assume that the more complicated a piece of mathematics is, the more mathematicians admire it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mathematicians admire elegance and simplicity above all else, and the ultimate goal in solving a problem is to find the method that does the job in the most efficient manner.