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Thoughts on Mathematics and Studying.

Do not worry too much about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are still greater.
                                                                         Albert Einstein

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
                                                                         Paul Erdös

So if man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics: for in
demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.
                                                                         Sir Francis Bacon

I had a feeling once about Mathematics - that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me - the Byss and Abyss. But it was after dinner and I let it go.
                                                                         Winston Churchill

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.
                                                                         Charles Darwin

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
                                                                         Beverly Sills

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.
                                                                         S. Gudder

One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulae have an
independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers, that we get more out of them than we originally put in to them.
                                                                         Heinrich Hertz

One person's constant is another person's variable.
                                                                         Susan Gerhart

Very often in mathematics the crucial problem is to recognize and discover what are the relevant concepts; once this is accomplished the job may be more than half done.
                                                                         Israel Nathan Herstein

Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field.
                                                                         Paul Dirac

The science of mathematics presents the most brilliant example of how pure reason may successfully enlarge its domain without the aid of experience.
                                                                         Emmanuel Kant

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
                                                                         James Joyce

When you can measure what you are talking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it.
                                                                         Lord Kelvin

Ask a philosopher "What is philosophy?" or a historian "What is history?",
and they will have no difficulty in giving an answer. Neither of them, in fact, can pursue his own discipline without knowing what he is searching for. But ask a mathematician "What is mathematics?" and he may justifiably reply that he does not know the answer but that this does not stop him from doing mathematics.
                                                                         Francois Lasserre

The mathematician who pursues his studies without clear views of this matter, must often have the uncomfortable feeling that his paper and pencil surpass him in intelligence.
                                                                         Ernst Mach

A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded that he cannot do, never does all he can.
                                                                         John Stuart Mill

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
                                                                         Abraham Lincoln

Students must learn that mathematics is the most human of endeavors. Flesh and blood representatives of their own species engaged in a centuries long creative struggle to uncover and to erect this magnificent edifice. And the struggle goes on today. On the very campuses where mathematics is presented and received as an inhuman discipline, cold and dead, new mathematics is created. As sure as the tides.
                                                                         J. Phillips

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
                                                                         Albert Einstein

I suppose you are two fathoms deep in mathematics, and if you are, then God help you, for so am I, only with this difference, I stick fast in the mud at the bottom and there I shall remain.
                                                                        Charles Darwin

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be kindled.
                                                                        Plutarch

Never say of a branch of mathematics, "There's something I don't need to
know." It always comes back to haunt you.
                                                                       Charles Rickart

Poor teaching leads to the inevitable idea that the subject (mathematics) is only adapted to peculiar minds, when it is the one universal science and the one whose ... ground rules are taught us almost in infancy and reappear in the motions of the universe.
                                                                       Henry J.S. Smith

There is no more a math mind, than there is a history or an English mind.
                                                                       Gloria Steinem

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity.
                                                                       Alan Turing

Every mathematician worthy of the name has experienced ... the state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously ... this feeling may last for hours at a time, even for days. Once you have experienced it, you are eager to repeat it but unable to do it at will, unless perhaps by dogged work...
                                                                      André Weil

With many calculations, one can win; with few one cannot. How much less chance of victory has one who makes none at all!
                                                                      Sun Tzu 'Art of War'

Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, It is a thing to be acheived.
                                                                      William Jennings Bryant

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.
                                                                      Francis Crawford

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
                                                                      Thomas Edison

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
                                                                      Abraham Lincoln

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
                                                                      Orison Swett Marden

If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.
                                                                      Abigail Van Buren

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