Short Quotes - Author E. T. Bell Showing 1 - 12 of 12 Add Quote Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth. E. T. Bell Science Upvote0 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. E. T. Bell Meeting Upvote0 It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences. E. T. Bell Immortality Upvote0 "Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics. E. T. Bell Mathematics Upvote0 If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper. E. T. Bell Experience Upvote0 Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler. E. T. Bell Fashion Upvote0 I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly. E. T. Bell Machine Upvote0 Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions. E. T. Bell Argument Upvote0 The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular. E. T. Bell Doubt Upvote0 The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes. E. T. Bell Mathematics Upvote0 Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us. E. T. Bell Time Upvote0 The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future. E. T. Bell Difficulties Upvote0