Some Quotes

"Symmetry is ennui, and ennui is the very essence of grief and melancholy." -Victor Hugo (Les Miserables).

"That grown men and women can make a living pondering such matters is a sign that civilization, as fragile as it may sometimes seem, remains intact." -George Johnson (The New York Times, April 20, 2003). This was an early article on Perelman's work.

"The object of mathematical rigour is to sanction and legitimize the conquests of intuition, and there was never any other object for it." -Jacques Hadamard.

"Do not be bitter, deceptive or petty." -A fortune cookie I received twice during graduate school. This is excellent advice, which I try to follow, but apparently the fortune cookie people were worried about me.

"Incredible claims require incredible evidence."-Dennis Overbye (in "Tiny Neutrinos May Have Broken Cosmic Speed Limit," The New York Times, September 22, 2011.)