He who can properly define and divide is to be considered a god

John von Neumann

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

Henry Ford

If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.

Julia Robinson spoke of mathematicians as...

... forming a nation of our own without distinctions of geographical origins, race, creed, sex, age, or even time (the mathematicians of the past and you of the future are our colleagues too)-all dedicated to the most beautiful of the arts and sciences.


The cheapest form of research is to ask someone who knows.

Thelonious Monk

Simple ain't easy.

Socrates (470-399 BC)

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

Albert Einstein

The difference between genious and stupidity is that genious has its limits.

Robert B. Heller

To iterate is human, to recurse divine.


I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

Derek Brok

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Yogi Berra

When you come to a fork in the road, take it!

... and a couple of favourite poems by Cavafy : Ithaca / Addition