# Mathematics Quotes

This is a mathematical universe. We are surrounded by equations and summations. Your life: the current state of your life and life itself is a direct summation of the equation you have created.

In many cases, mathematics is an escape from reality. The mathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuits that are disconnected from external affairs. Some practice it as if using a drug.

There is no smallest among the small and no largest among the large; but always something still smaller and something still larger.

In the company of friends, writers can discuss their books, economists the state of the economy, lawyers their latest cases, and businessmen their latest acquisitions, but mathematicians cannot discuss their mathematics at all. And the more profound their work, the less understandable it is.

Mathematics is not a deductive science - that`s a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don`t just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork.

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza`s God, it won`t love us in return.

One of the chief triumphs of modern mathematics consists in having discovered what mathematics really is.

When a student comes and asks, "Should I become a mathematician?" the answer should be no. If you have to ask, you shouldn`t even ask.

I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.

There are two ways to do great mathematics. The first is to be smarter than everybody else. The second way is to be stupider than everybody else - but persistent.

Mathematical proofs, like diamonds, are hard as well as clear, and will be touched with nothing but strict reasoning.