"It may be appropriate to quote a statement of Poincare, who said (partly in jest no doubt) that there must be something mysterious about the normal law since mathematicians think it is a law of nature whereas physicists are convinced that it is a mathematical theorem."

Born: April 29, 1854

Die: July 17, 1912

Occupation: Mathematician

Mathematical discoveries, small or great are never born of spontaneous generation.

The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so.

Point set topology is a disease from which the human race will soon recover.

Every good mathematician should also be a good chess player and vice versa.

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.

We also know how cruel the truth often is, and we wonder whether delusion is not more consoling.

There are no solved problems; there are only problems that are more or less solved.

Later generations will regard Mengenlehre (set theory) as a disease from which one has recovered.

Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.

What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration?

It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss