Some foolish men declare that a Creator made the world. The doctrine that the world was created is ill-advised, and should be rejected. If God created the world, where was He before creation?… How could God have made the world without any raw material? If you say He made this first, and then the world, you are faced with an endless regression… Know that the world is uncreated, as time itself is, without beginning and end. And it is based on the principles… –The Mahapurana (The Great Legend), Jinasena (India, ninth century)

To tell us that every species of thing is endowed with an occult specific quality by which it acts and produces manifest effects, is to tell us nothing; but to derive two or three general principles of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step. – Newton, Optics

As are the crests on the heads of peacocks, as are the gems on the hoods of cobras, so is mathematics, at the top of all sciences. –The Yajurveda, circa 600 B.C

My final words of advice to you are educate, organize and agitate. Ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of human personality. – Ambedkar

I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. –Newton

An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn’t care. —anonymous

The algorithm designer who does not run experiments risks becoming lost in abstraction. —Sedgewick

The Limits of Quantum Computers (or: What We Can’t Do With Computers We Don’t Have) —Aaronson

Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it. If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. —Bohr

I once asked Bell what he thought the problem with the quantum theory was. He laughed and said that if he knew, he might make some progress toward solving it. —Bernstein

But I confess that Fermat’s theorem as an isolated proposition has very little interest for me, because I could easily lay down a multitude of such propositions, which one could neither prove nor dispose of. —Gauss

Mathematics is not yet ripe for such problems. —Erdös

Combinatorics is the slums of topology. —Whitehead

So each of these breakthroughs, while sometimes they’re momentary, sometimes over a period of a day or two, they are the culmination of, and couldn’t exist without, the many months of stumbling around in the dark that precede them. —Wiles

There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world. —Lobachevsky

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. —Plank

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. —Newton

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. —Fitzgerald

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. —Gandhi

I’m not interested in money or fame; I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. —Perelman

Humankind cannot bear very much reality. ―T.S. Eliot

Like the sun and the moon, the truth cannot remain long hidden. —Buddha

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. —unknown

The source of man’s unhappiness is his ignorance of Nature. The pertinacity with which he clings to blind opinions imbibed in his infancy, which interweave themselves with his existence, the consequent prejudice that warps his mind, that prevents its expansion, that renders him the slave of fiction, appears to doom him to continual error. — d’Holbach

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? -Epicurus

There is no caste system. It is a sin to divide people on caste basis. The ones who are really of a superior class are the ones excelling in being just, wise, educated and loving. -Subramania Bharathi

Jnana is given neither from outside nor from another person. It can be realised by each and everyone in his own Heart. The jnana Guru of everyone is only the Supreme Self that is always revealing its own truth in every Heart through the being-consciousness ‘I am, I am.’ The granting of true knowledge by him is the initiation into jnana. The grace of the Guru is only that Self-awareness that is one’s own true nature. It is the inner consciousness by which he is unceasingly revealing his existence. This divine upadesa is always going on naturally in everyone. – Sri Ramana Maharshi