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Lanczos, Cornelius
Most of the arts, as painting, sculpture, and music, have emotional appeal to the general public. This is because these arts can be experienced by some one or more of our senses. Such is not true of the art of mathematics; this art can be appreciated only by mathematicians, and to become a mathematician requires a long period of intensive training. The community of mathematicians is similar to an imaginary community of musical composers whose only satisfaction is obtained by the interchange among themselves of the musical scores they compose.
In H. Eves, Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.
Lakatos, Imre
That sometimes clear ... and sometimes vague stuff ... which is ... mathematics.
In P. Davis and R. Hersh, The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhauser, 1981.
LaGrange, Joseph-Louis
[Said about the chemist Lavoisier:]
It took the mob only a moment to remove his head; a century will not suffice to reproduce it.
H. Eves, An Introduction to the History of Mathematics, 5th ed., Saunders.
LaGrange, Joseph-Louis
When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
LaGrange, Joseph-Louis
The reader will find no figures in this work. The methods which I set forth do not require either constructions or geometrical or mechanical reasonings: but only algebraic operations, subject to a regular and uniform rule of procedure.
Preface to Mecanique Analytique.
Lord Byron
When Newton saw an apple fall, he found ...
A mode of proving that the earth turn'd round
In a most natural whirl, called 'gravitation;'
And this is the sole mortal who could grapple,
Since Adam, with a fall or with an apple.
Don Juan, Canto X.I.
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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