"If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is."

-John von Neumann

"Mathematics may not teach us how to add love or minus hate. But it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution."

-Manfred Schmidt.

"You don’t have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers."

-John Forbes Nash, JR

"Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers."

-Shakuntala Devi

"Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers."

-Shakuntala Devi

"In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it."

-Gerorg Cantor

"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."

-Albert Einstein

"I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium and symptoms of schizophrenia."

-John Forbes Nash

"Mathematics is a hard thing to love. It has the unfortunate habit, like a rude dog, of turning its most unfavorable side towards you when you first make contact with it.”

-David Whiteland

"Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true."

-Bertrand Russell

"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding." -William Paul Thurston

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-Shakuntala Devi

"Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true."

-Bertrand Russell

"I'm sorry to say that the subject I most disliked was mathematics. I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it.”

-Malcolm X

"That awkward moment when you finish a math problem, and your answer isn’t even one of the choices."

-Ritu Ghatourey

"One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories."

-Philip J. Davis

I AM about to appear very inconsistent. In previous sections I have said that all figures in Flatland present the appearance of a straight line; and it was added or implied, that it is consequently impossible to distinguish by the visual organ between individuals of different classes: yet now I am about to explain to my Spaceland critics how we are able to recognize one another by the sense of sight.

If however the Reader will take the trouble to refer to the passage in which Recognition by Feeling is stated to be universal, he will find this qualification - "among the lower classes." It is only among the higher classes and in our temperate climates that Sight Recognition is practised.

That this power exists in any regions and for any classes is the result of Fog; which prevails during the greater part of the year in all parts save the torrid zones. That which is with you in Spaceland an unmixed evil, blotting out the landscape, depressing the spirits, and enfeebling the health, is by us recognized as a blessing scarcely inferior to air itself, and as the Nurse of arts and Parent of sciences. But let me explain my meaning, without further eulogies on this beneficent Element.

If Fog were non-existent, all lines would appear equally and indistinguishably clear; and this is actually the case in those unhappy countries in which the atmosphere is perfectly dry and. transparent. But wherever there is a rich supply of Fog objects that are at a distance, say of three feet, are appreciably dimmer than those at a distance of two feet eleven inches; and the result is that by careful and constant experimental observation of comparative dimness and clearness, we are enabled to infer with great exactness the configuration of the object observed.

An instance will do more than a volume of generalities to make my meaning clear.

Suppose I see two individuals approaching whose rank I wish to ascertain. They are, we will suppose, a Merchant and a Physician, or in other words, an Equilateral Triangle and a Pentagon: how am I to distinguish them?

By: Edwin A. Abbott - Exercept from, "Flatland - A Romance of Many Dimensions"