Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle

1657 - 1757

A Quote by Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle on age, mind, reflection, and time

Leibniz never married; he had considered it at the age of fifty; but the person he had in mind asked for time to reflect. This gave Leibniz time to reflect, too, and so he never married.

Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (1657 - 1757)

Source: Eloge de le Leibniz.

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A Quote by Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle on consequences, lovers, and principles

Mathematicians are like lovers. Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must also grant him, and from this consequence another.

Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (1657 - 1757)

Source: Quoted in V. H. Larney Abstract Algebra: A First Course, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1975.

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A Quote by Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle on criticism, morality, politics, and work

A work of morality, politics, criticism will be more elegant, other things being equal, if it is shaped by the hand of geometry.

Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (1657 - 1757)

Source: Preface sur l'Utilité des Mathématiques et de la Physique, 1729.

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