Andre Weil Quotes and Sayings  Page 1

“God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.”
 Andre WeilSource : "Mathematical Circles Adieu: A Fourth Collection of Mathematical Stories and Anecdotes". Book by Howard Whitley Eves, 1977.

“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.”
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“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 WeilSource : Andre Weil (2012). “The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician”, p.91, Birkhäuser

“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.”
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“Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men.”
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“First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.”
 Andre WeilSource : "Comic Sections: Book of Mathematical Jokes, Humour, Wit and Wisdom". Book by Des MacHale, 1993.

“When a branch of mathematics ceases to interest any but the specialists, it is very near its death, or at any rate dangerously close to a paralysis, from which it can be rescued only by being plunged back into the vivifying source of the science.”
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“The devil gives the best first and the worst last, but the Lord saves the best for last.”

“The devil loves it when we say we believe then prioritize everything in our lives ahead of God.”

Source : Commencement Speech at Connecticut College, www.graduationwisdom.com. 1980.

“Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.”
Source : Alan Dean Foster (1982). “Nor crystal tears”, Del Rey

“There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence.”

“God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.”
Source : "Mathematical Circles Adieu: A Fourth Collection of Mathematical Stories and Anecdotes". Book by Howard Whitley Eves, 1977.
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