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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)
Some of the men stood talking in this room, and at the right of the door a little knot had formed round a small table, the center of which was the mathematics student, who was eagerly talking. He had made the assertion that one could draw through a given point more than one parallel to a straight line; Frau Hagenstrom had cried out that this was impossible, and he had gone on to prove it so conclusively that his hearers were constrained to behave as though they understood.
Little Herr Friedemann.
Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)
A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great truth.
Essay on Freud. 1937.
Maistre Joseph Marie de (1753 - 1821)
The concept of number is the obvious distinction between the beast and man. Thanks to number, the cry becomes a song, noise acquires rhythm, the spring is transformed into a dance, force becomes dynamic, and outlines figures.
Mackay, Charles (1814-1889)
Truth ... and if mine eyes
Can bear its blaze, and trace its symmetries,
Measure its distance, and its advent wait,
I am no prophet -- I but calculate.
The Poetical Works of Charles Mackay. 1876.
Mach, Ernst (1838-1916)
The mathematician who pursues his studies without clear views of this matter, must often have the uncomfortable feeling that his paper and pencil surpass him in intelligence.
"The Economy of Science" in J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.
Mach, Ernst (1838 - 1916)
Archimedes constructing his circle pays with his life for his defective biological adaptation to immediate circumstances.
M. Holt and D.T.E. Marjoram
The truth of the matter is that, though mathematics truth may be beauty, it can be only glimpsed after much hard thinking. Mathematics is difficult for many human minds to grasp because of its hierarchical structure: one thing builds on another and depends on it.
Mathematics in a Changing World, London, 1973.
Malcolm X
I'm sorry to say that the subject I most disliked was mathematics. I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it.
Mascot
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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