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E.T. Bell

Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler.

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""Obvious"" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.

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Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.

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Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.

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The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.

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Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.

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I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.

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The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.

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It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.

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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.

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