If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher
Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky — or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.
—Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) American Biographer, Novelist, Socialist
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification — the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.
—Alfred Korzybski (1879–1950) Polish-American Scientist, Philosopher of Language