Sometimes while browsing the net or in a conversation or even in a lecture, I come across a ‘one-liner’ that strikes me as insightful or witty. I copy or scribble them somewhere and every few months, upload on this page.

  • I have seen God. He bats at number 4 for India. — Mathew Hayden (about Sachin Tendulkar, of course!)
  • e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0 — Leonhard Euler
  • Reductio ad absurdum, which Euclid loved so much, is one of a mathematician’s finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess play: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but a mathematician offers the game. — G H Hardy
  • Number theory, Geometry and Physics are the only three worthy sciences. — My masters advisor
  • There are two kinds of sacrifices: sound ones, and mine. — Mikhail Tal
  • The hardest game to win is a won game. — Emanuel Lasker
  • If you can’t solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you can solve: find it. — George Pólya
  • I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty. — Sherlock Holmes (in The Sign of Four)
  • Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. — Albert Einstein
  • The Axiom of Choice is obviously true, the well-ordering principle obviously false, and who can tell about Zorn’s lemma? — Jerry Bona
  • Don’t kill a dream; execute it! — Anonymous
  • Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is. — Paul Erdős
  • A gentleman never chooses a basis. –Anonymous
  • Stay hungry, stay foolish. — Steve Jobs, CEO of of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios (read the entire speech here. Must read.)
  • We often hear that mathematics consists mainly of “proving theorems.” Is a writer’s job mainly that of “writing sentences?” — Gian-Carlo Rota (in his Indiscrete Thoughts, a mathematics gossip book)
  • Groups as men, will be known by their actions. –Guillermo Moreno.
  • Engineering—where the semi-skilled laborers execute the vision of those who think and dream. Hello, Oompa-Loompas of science! — Dr. Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory
  • If you are at the end of a rope, just tie a knot and hold on. — Anonymous
  • Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug. — Mark Knopfler
  • Only dead fish flow with the current and I am not dead yet. –Yours truly,

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