"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 is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: its is about understanding."

-William Paul Thurston

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

-Albert Einstein

"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: its is about understanding."

-William Paul Thurston

"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

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

-Ritu Ghatourey

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

-Albert Einstein

"Why do children dread mathematics? Because of the wrong approach. Because it is looked at as a subject."

-Shakuntala Devi

"Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth."

-Marston Morse

"Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit."

-Stefan Banach

"Mathematics is, in its own way, the poetry of logical ideas."

-Albert Einstein

"Math is the language of the universe. So, the more equations you know, the more you can converse with the cosmos."

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

"Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there."

-Marcu du Sautoy

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"