Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting, it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands what more than half a dozen are about. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0

Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us. E. T. Bell Scottish Mathematician More E. T. Bell Quotes 0