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Wells, H. G. (1866-1946)

Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.

Attributed to Wells by Helen M. Walker, Studies in the History of Statistical Method, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1929, p. v. Wells actually wrote, “It is as necessary to be able to compute, to think in averages and maxima and minima, as it is now to be able to read and write” (Mankind in the Making, 5th ed., London: Chapman and Hall, 1911, p. 204). See James J. Tankard, Jr., “The H. G. Wells Quote on Statistics: A Question of Accuracy,” Historia Mathematica 6 (1979): 30–33.

William Blake
What is now proved was once only imagin'd.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790-1793
Walton, Izaak
Angling may be said to be so like mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
The Compleat Angler, 1653.
Warner, Sylvia Townsend
For twenty pages perhaps, he read slowly, carefully, dutifully, with pauses for self-examination and working out examples. Then, just as it was working up and the pauses should have been more scrupulous than ever, a kind of swoon and ecstasy would fall on him, and he read ravening on, sitting up till dawn to finish the book, as though it were a novel. After that his passion was stayed; the book went back to the Library and he was done with mathematics till the next bout. Not much remained with him after these orgies, but something remained: a sensation in the mind, a worshiping acknowledgment of something isolated and unassailable, or a remembered mental joy at the rightness of thoughts coming together to a conclusion, accurate thoughts, thoughts in just intonation, coming together like unaccompanied voices coming to a close.
Mr. Fortune's Maggot.
Warner, Sylvia Townsend
Theology, Mr. Fortune found, is a more accommodating subject than mathematics; its technique of exposition allows greater latitude. For instance when you are gravelled for matter there is always the moral to fall back upon. Comparisons too may be drawn, leading cases cited, types and antetypes analysed and anecdotes introduced. Except for Archimedes mathematics is singularly naked of anecdotes.
Mr. Fortune's Maggot.
Warner, Sylvia Townsend
He resumed:
"In order to ascertain the height of the tree I must be in such a position that the top of the tree is exactly in a line with the top of a measuring stick or any straight object would do, such as an umbrella which I shall secure in an upright position between my feet. Knowing then that the ratio that the height of the tree bears to the length of the measuring stick must equal the ratio that the distance from my eye to the base of the tree bears to my height, and knowing (or being able to find out) my height, the length of the measuring stick and the distance from my eye to the base of the tree, I can, therefore, calculate the height of the tree."
"What is an umbrella?"
Mr. Fortune's Maggot.
Warren, Robert Penn (1905-1989)
What if angry vectors veer
Round your sleeping head, and form.
There's never need to fear
Violence of the poor world's abstract storm.
Lullaby in Encounter, 1957.
Weil, Andre (1906 -1998)
Every mathematician worthy of the name has experienced ... the state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously ... This feeling may last for hours at a time, even for days. Once you have experienced it, you are eager to repeat it but unable to do it at will, unless perhaps by dogged work ....
The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician.
Weil, Simone (1909 - 1943)
Algebra and money are essentially levelers; the first intellectually, the second effectively.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger, The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
West, Nathanael
Prayers for the condemned man will be offered on an adding machine. Numbers constitute the only universal language.
Miss Lonelyhearts.