# Mathematical Quotations

This is a fun collection of mathematical quotations compiled by a professor at Trent University:

http://euclid.trentu.ca/math/sb/misc/quotes.html

The list includes some classics, such as the following famous remark from John von Neumann:

“*In mathematics, you never understand things; you just get used to them.*“

I also like this quote, attributed to Hungarian mathematician Raoul Bott:

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

To add a favorite recent quote of mine to the list, a teacher was discussing how she used the idea of friendly numbers to help her quickly calculate in her head. But while explaining the process, she warned us to be careful: “*Remember, what’s friendly to me may not be friendly to you!*“.

## 2 Comments

## Gaurav Tiwari · September 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

That’s a nice collection. Terence Tao has some classic and humorous mathematical quotes on his webpage: http://www.math.ucla.edu/~tao/quotes.html

## MrHonner · September 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Another terrific compendium of quotes! Thanks for sharing.