When the great scorer comes to put a check next to your name, he will mark not whether you won or lost but how you played the game.
Can you imagine such an affair? Mankind being graded? On what? His hairstyles, his automobiles, how far he can walk when his fashionable jeans are around his knees? Or maybe, how many piercings he can get through one nostril? Grade him on anything but his merits!
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In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.