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Andrew Wiles Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Andrew Wiles.

Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems -
they love a challenge.
- Andrew Wiles

Always try the problem that matters most to you.
- Andrew Wiles

There are proofs that date back to the Greeks that are still valid today.
- Andrew Wiles

However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it,
then you can never do it.
- Andrew Wiles

 

That particular odyssey is now over.
My mind is now at rest.
- Andrew Wiles

The only way I could relax was when I was with my children.
- Andrew Wiles

But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library.
- Andrew Wiles

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Just because we can't find a solution it doesn't mean that there isn't one.
- Andrew Wiles

I loved doing problems in school.
- Andrew Wiles

Fermat said he had a proof.
- Andrew Wiles

The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.
- Andrew Wiles

Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof
would not be invented for a hundred years.
So even if I was on the right track,
I could be living in the wrong century.
- Andrew Wiles

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates
interesting mathematics along the way -
even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.
- Andrew Wiles

Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there
are no solutions up to four million or four billion,
they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.
- Andrew Wiles

I really believed that I was on the right track,
but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal.
- Andrew Wiles

I don't believe Fermat had a proof.
I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof.
- Andrew Wiles

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem
will make young mathematicians realize that there are
lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which
are going to be just as challenging in the future.
- Andrew Wiles

I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time -
when I woke up in the morning,
when I went to sleep at night - and that went on for eight years.
- Andrew Wiles

It could be that the methods needed to take the next
step may simply be beyond present day mathematics.
Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof
would not be invented for a hundred years.
- Andrew Wiles

I'm sure that some of them will be very hard and I'll
have a sense of achievement again,
but nothing will mean the same to me -
there's no other problem in mathematics that could
hold me the way that this one did.
- Andrew Wiles

I know it's a rare privilege, but if one can really
tackle something in adult life that means that much to you,
then it's more rewarding than anything I can imagine.
- Andrew Wiles

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the
mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
- Andrew Wiles

I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life,
what had been my childhood dream.
- Andrew Wiles

Then when I reached college I realized that many people
had thought about the problem during the 18th and 19th
centuries and so I studied those methods.
- Andrew Wiles

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics
dates from those early childhood days.
- Andrew Wiles

I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual
understanding of some part of mathematics that would
clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.
- Andrew Wiles

Well, some mathematics problems look simple,
and you try them for a year or so, and then you try
them for a hundred years,
and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.
- Andrew Wiles

There's also a sense of freedom.
I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about if all the time -
when I woke up in the morning,
when I went to sleep at night, and that went on for eight years.
- Andrew Wiles

I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem
generates too much interest.
- Andrew Wiles

We've lost something that's been with us for so long,
and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics.
But perhaps that's always the way with math problems,
and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention.
- Andrew Wiles

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

To live a pure unselfish life,
one must count nothing as one's own
in the midst of abundance.
- The Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

I know, to banish anger altogether
from one's breast is a difficult task.
It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort.
It can be done only by God's grace.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Your innermost core has always been pure.
Purity is intrinsic to you,
it cannot be taken away.
- Osho

Power is not alluring to pure minds.
- Thomas Jefferson

The real us is pure love, pure light
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

The means we use must be as pure
as the ends we seek.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you are absolutely without mind,
just pure consciousness,
time stops completely,
disappears,
leaving no trace behind.
- Osho

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

My vision of a real humanity is of pure individuals
relating to each other, but not tied in any relationship.
They will be loving to each other,
but not being possessive of each other.
They will be sharing with each other
all their joys and all their blessings,
but never even in their dreams thinking of dominating,
thinking of enslaving the other person.
- Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)

On life's journey, faith is nourishment,
virtuous deeds are a shelter,
wisdom is the light by day
and right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
- The Buddha

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
- Saint Augustine

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
- Oscar Wilde

Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
- William S. Burroughs

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
- Gail Godwin

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure,
still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving,
and for every breath a song.
- Konrad von Gesner

It's disappointing to see films become pure entertainment,
so that it's not an art form.
- Richard Linklater

As to the pure mind all things are pure,
so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I really think that's what music and art is about.
It's another way to connect to the divine.
It's a real pure way of touching that deeper reality beneath our life.
- Kathy Mattea

Did any artist ever bring more pure joy to more people than Fred Astaire?
- Jack Kroll

In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer,
but a negative producer.
- Louis Mumford

If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.
- Marcel Proust

Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts.
So long as we are dirty, we are pure.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.
- Lope de Vega

God is not the mere dead conception to which we have thus given utterance,
but he is in himself pure Life.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte

So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.
- Sidney Poitier

There was no difference between the behavior of a god
and the operations of pure chance.
- Thomas Pynchon

It was a hard time for me to have a pure moment,
to be present, to be here.
- Stephan Jenkins

Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple.
Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations,
and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers.
- Ron Paul

There's a lot of people who don't understand the circle crops in England.
Pure enigma.
- Ken Kesey

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
- Emile M. Cioran

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Disney had such a hold on the mind of America-they were Adolf Hitler.
The whole country thought Disney was some sort of god
and that animation was some sort of pure thing for children.
- Ralph Bakshi

If absolute power corrupts absolutely,
does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
- Harry Shearer

The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure.
- Bodhidharma

History proves abundantly that pure science,
undertaken without regard to applications to human needs,
is usually ultimately of direct benefit to mankind.
- Irving Langmuir

Only in baseball can a team player be a pure individualist
first and a team player second,
within the rules and spirit of the game.
- Branch Rickey


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