3. Formality Thus the absence of all mention of particular things or properties in logic or pure mathematics is a necessary result of the fact that this study is, as we say, "purely formal".
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Source: Chapter XVIII of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Russell
Contributed by: Zaady
Those who in principle oppose birth control are either incapable of arithmetic or else in favour of war, pestilence and famine as permanent features of human life.
Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be.
Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.
Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Source: W.H.Auden & L.Kronenberger (eds.)The Viking Book of Aphorisms, NY:Viking Press, 1966
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Source: Marriage and Morals
Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
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