It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way - even if you don't solve it at the end of the day. -Andrew Wiles

If I feel unhappy, I do mathematics to become happy. If I am happy, I do mathematics to keep happy. -P. Turan

Mathematics consists of proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way." -- -George Polye

"Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper." -David Hilbert

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare -Rene Descartes

It is the glory of geometry that from so few principles, fetched from without, it is able to accomplish so much. -Newton

One must be able to say at all times -- instead of points, straight lines, and planes -- tables, chairs, and beer mugs -David Hilbert

“Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.” - Alan Turing

"Combinatorics is an honest subject. No adèles, no sigma-algebras. You count balls in a box, and you either have the right number or you haven’t. You get the feeling that the result you have discovered is forever, because it’s concrete. Other branches of mathematics are not so clear-cut. Functional analysis of infinite-dimensional spaces is never fully convincing; you don’t get a feeling of having done an honest day’s work. Don’t get the wrong idea – combinatorics is not just putting balls into boxes. Counting finite sets can be a highbrow undertaking, with sophisticated techniques." -Gian-Carlo Rota

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