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The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future. E. T. Bell#Difficulties 67
E. T. Bell#Difficulties 67
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness. E. T. Bell#Art 65
E. T. Bell#Art 65
Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth. E. T. Bell#Absolute 61
E. T. Bell#Absolute 61
Nevertheless, the consuming hunger of the uncritical mind for what it imagines to be certainty or finality impels it to feast upon shadows in the prevailing famine of substance. E. T. Bell#Imagination 60
E. T. Bell#Imagination 60
Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions. E. T. Bell#Argument 48
E. T. Bell#Argument 48
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences. E. T. Bell#Disconcerting 48
E. T. Bell#Disconcerting 48
The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes. E. T. Bell#Abstract 37
E. T. Bell#Abstract 37
Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting, it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands what more than half a dozen are about. E. T. Bell#Brief 35
E. T. Bell#Brief 35
Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us. E. T. Bell#Come 34
E. T. Bell#Come 34
If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper. E. T. Bell#Asserted 32
E. T. Bell#Asserted 32
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