Quotations for the week: Erdős

Paul Erdős has been mentioned before on this blog, but there’s no harm in a little repetition. Here are two quotations which between them suggest something of his personality. The first is something of a personal creed:

Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.

And, in a self-deprecating mood, his suggestion for his own epitaph:

Végre nem butulok tovább.
Finally I am becoming stupider no more.


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