Andre Weil Quotes and Sayings  Page 1

“God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.”
 Andre Weil 
“In the future, as in the past, the great ideas [of mathematics] must be simplifying ideas, the creator must always be one who clarifies, for himself, and for others, the most complicated issues of formulas and concepts.”
 Andre Weil 
“Every mathematician worthy of the name has experienced . . . the state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously . . . this feeling may last for hours at a time, even for days. Once you have experienced it, you are eager to repeat it but unable to do it at will, unless perhaps by dogged work. . . .”
 Andre Weil 
“Intuition makes much of it; I mean by this the faculty of seeing a connection between things that in appearance are completely different; it does not fail to lead us astray quite often.”
 Andre Weil 
“Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men.”
 Andre Weil 
“First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.”
 Andre Weil