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G. H. Hardy Quotes Page 1 of 1G. H. Hardy February 7, 1877  December 1, 1947 Nationality: British Category: Mathematician Subcategory: British Mathematician
 I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.  A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.  Young men should prove theorems, old men should write books.  It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.  Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not.  There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for secondrate minds.  Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics. 



