But twice-two-makes-four is for all that a most insupportable thing. Twice-two-makes-four is, in my humble opinion, nothing but a piece of impudence. Twice-two-makes-four is a farcical, dressed-up fellow who stands across your path with arms akimbo and spits at you.

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It is the story that matters not just the ending.

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I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to know more of mathematics.

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... I still wouldn't be able to control myself around him, and I'm math geek enough to know that equation doesn't work out.

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It can only be our familiarity with soap bubbles from our earliest recollections, causing us to accept their existence as a matter of course, that prevents most of us from being seriously puzzled as to why they can be blown at all.

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I obey the laws of physics in private. I burn the principles of mathematics in public.

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There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1.

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Be honest: did you actually read [the above geometric proof]? Of course not. Who would want to? The effect of such a production being made over something so simple is to make people doubt their own intuition. Calling into question the obvious by insisting that it be 'rigorously proved'.. Is to say to a student 'Your feelings and ideas are suspect. You need to think and speak our way.

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Some people believe in imaginary friends. I believe in imaginary numbers.

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I had a feeling once about Mathematics - that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me - the Byss and Abyss. I saw - as one might see the transit of Venus or even the Lord Mayor's Show - a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly why it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable but it was after dinner and I let it go.

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Mathematicians deal with large numbers sometimes, but never in their income.

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Elodin proved a difficult man to find. He had an office in Hollows, but never seemed to use it. When I visited Ledgers and Lists, I discovered he only taught one class: Unlikely Maths. However, this was less than helpful in tracking him down, as according to the ledger, the time of the class was 'now' and the location was 'everywhere.

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A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems

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I can see patterns in events, and behaviors; in mathematics, I follow slower

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I'll tell you once, and I'll tell you again. There's always a primebetween n and 2n.