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We think in generalities, but we live in details.

W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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# Loci: Convergence

## Mathematical Quotations

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## Jacobi, Carl

Mathematics is the science of what is clear by itself.

## Jacobi, Carl

It is often more convenient to possess the ashes of great men than to possess the men themselves during their lifetime.
[Commenting on the return of Descartes' remains to France]

## Jacobi, Carl

The real end of science is the honor of the human mind.

## Jacobi, Carl

God ever arithmetizes.

## Jacobi, Carl

One should always generalize.
(Man muss immer generalisieren.)

## Jacobi, Carl

It is true that Fourier had the opinion that the principal aim of mathematics was public utility and explanation of natural phenomena; but a philosopher like him should have known that the sole end of science is the honor of the human mind, and that under this title a question about numbers is worth as much as a question about the system of the world.

## James, William (1842 - 1910)

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.

## Jeans, Sir James

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.

## Jeans, Sir James

The essential fact is that all the pictures which science now draws of nature, and which alone seem capable of according with observational facts, are mathematical pictures.

## Jefferson, Thomas

[T]he science of calculation also is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary cases: but all beyond these is but a luxury; a delicious luxury indeed; but not to be in indulged in by one who is to have a profession to follow for his subsistence.

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