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
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
If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher