What is hateful to you, do not do unto others.


One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers...

With my full philosophical rucksack I can only climb slowly up the mountain of mathematics.

But let us begin. Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need – not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”- a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

They are better people than those who sent them to war.

Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who subvert the constitution.

I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes [Kurds and Iraqis].

No one is so poor as an ignorant person.

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.


As people do better, they start voting like Republicans, unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.


As US founding father James Madison famously said: "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." This basic philosophy of the American revolution inspires all our work.

I am not what I know. I know not what I am. A thing, yet not a thing. A point as well as a circle.

Enliven imagination, stand for truth, feel responsibility.

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.

Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious. Plenty of things we now consider prestigious were anything but at first. Jazz comes to mind—though almost any established art form would do. So just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself.

Only the educated are free.

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease.

What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world.

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.

The mathematics are usually considered as being the very antipodes of Poesy. Yet Mathesis and Poesy are of the closest kindred, for they are both works of the imagination.

That's why we're now promoting nuclear energy. It makes sense for this country to use safe, clean nuclear power.

Uneven numbers are the gods' delight.

Live your life as you would have others live theirs.

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

You may be an engineer if your idea of good interpersonal communication means getting the decimal point in the right place.

It doesn’t matter how motivated students are; what matters is how students are motivated.

It's never too late to be what you might have been.

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.


Being hopeful is more important than being realistic. For reality is colored by our perceptions, opinions, and the ever fragile human emotions. But hope has the power to elevate us. Hope turns our eyes away from the visible and allows us to see the miracle that we need, while it is still far off.

If a healthy minded person takes an interest in science, he gets busy with his mathematics and haunts the laboratory.

It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.

I don't agree with mathematics; the sum total of zeros is a frightening figure.

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

I know that two and two make four - & should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 & 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.

If you want to appreciate a statue, you can't stand too close or too far away. Those in liberal arts are standing too far away from math to see it. Those in engineering and the sciences are standing too close -- they use pieces of math as tools but never see the beauty of mathematics.

Judge others by their questions rather than their answers.

I used to love mathematics for its own sake, and I still do, because it allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness....

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

The end of living and the beginning of survival.