Quotes About Numbers

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Jarod Kintz
“2 out of 4 numbers prefer being in the bottom 50 percent. Half of all lovers also prefer being on the bottom.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“Sometimes I get depressed about my age. In March I’ll be 26. If man weren’t measured in numbers, but rather letters, I’d be turning Z. And then I’d be dead.”
Jarod Kintz, I Should Have Renamed This

Don DeLillo
“When I read obituaries I always note the age of the deceased. Automatically I relate this figure to my own age. Four years to go, I think. Nine more years. Two years and I'm dead. The power of numbers is never more evident than when we use them to speculate on the time of our dying.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

John Green
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities... I cannot tell you how grateful I am for our little infinity. You gave me forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

R.J. Anderson
“I disliked numbers, and they didn't think much of me either.”
R.J. Anderson, Ultraviolet

Patrick Rothfuss
“I am no poet. I do not love words for the sake of words. I love words for what they can accomplish. Similarly, I am no arithmetician. Numbers that speak only of numbers are of little interest to me.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

Paul Erdős
“[When asked why are numbers beautiful?]

It’s like asking why is Ludwig van 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.”
Paul Erdős

Jarod Kintz
“Pick a number between one to ten. Now, pick the number that you think I picked you to pick.
Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

Yōko Ogawa
“Soon after I began working for the Professor, I realized that he talked about numbers whenever he was unsure of what to say or do. Numbers were also his way of reaching out to the world. They were safe, a source of comfort.”
Yōko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor

G.K. Chesterton
“It may be conceded to the mathematicians that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

Jarod Kintz
“I had a dream about you. You were writing names and numbers in a book, and I asked if that was a phone book or the Book of Life. You answered in a way that blinded me with light, and I grew afraid. So I said, “Hey, what is that over there?” and I pointed over your shoulder, and when you turned to look I scribbled my name on the bottom of page one.
Jarod Kintz, We Had A #Dream About You

“Einstein’s remark on the limitlessness of human stupidity is made even more disturbing by the discovery that infinity comes in different sizes. Answering ‘How much stupider?’ or trying to measure the minimal idiocy bounded by an IQ test are mysteries which are themselves infinitely less alarming than simply attempting to tally the anti-savant population. One can count all the natural idiots (they’re the same as the even number of idiots – twice as many), but the number of real idiots continues forever: all the counting idiots (finger reckoners) plus all the fractional idiots (geniuses on a bad day) plus all the irrational idiots (they go on and on and on) add up to a world in which the approaching upper limit of our set of natural resources has its complement in the inexhaustible lower limit of our set of mental ones.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Toba Beta
“Price ain't merely about numbers. It's a satisfying sacrifice.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“However cozy things seemed, the facts of life were the same. You couldn't escape death: It would get us all in the end.”
Rachel Ward, Numbers

Ron DeLegge II
“99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”
Ron DeLegge II, Gents with No Cents

Alysha Speer
“Time to go run the calories away, do away with all the numbers stalking you, throw out the bad habits and excess weight.”
Alysha Speer

Neil Postman
“. . . we come astonishingly close to the mystical beliefs of Pythagoras and his followers who attempted to submit all of life to the sovereignty of numbers. Many of our psychologists, sociologists, economists and other latter-day cabalists will have numbers to tell them the truth or they will have nothing. . . . We must remember that Galileo merely said that the language of nature is written in mathematics. He did not say that everything is. And even the truth about nature need not be expressed in mathematics. For most of human history, the language of nature has been the language of myth and ritual. These forms, one might add, had the virtues of leaving nature unthreatened and of encouraging the belief that human beings are part of it. It hardly befits a people who stand ready to blow up the planet to praise themselves too vigorously for having found the true way to talk about nature.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Dejan Stojanovic
“Mathematics doesn’t care about those beyond the numbers.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape

Jorge Luis Borges
“He told me that in 1886 he had invented an original system of numbering and that in a very few days he had gone beyond the twenty-four-thousand mark. He had not written it down, since anything he thought of once would never be lost to him. His first stimulus was, I think, his discomfort at the fact that the famous thirty-three gauchos of Uruguayan history should require two signs and two words, in place of a single word and a single sign. He then applied this absurd principle to the other numbers. In place of seven thousand thirteen he would say (for example) Maximo Pérez; in place of seven thousand fourteen, The Railroad; other numbers were Luis Melián Lafinur, Olimar, sulphur, the reins, the whale, the gas, the caldron, Napoleon, Agustin de Vedia. In place of five hundred, he would say nine. Each word had a particular sign, a kind of mark; the last in the series were very complicated...”
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

Jarod Kintz
“It’s a lie. There isn’t safety in numbers. But there is safety in letters. There are only 26 letters, and yet they are more powerful than an army of infinite men. Show me a man or an army that can kill an idea, and I’ll show you an example of the absurd.”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Julia Quinn
“Most people would have probably lost count around seven. This was, Harry knew
from his extensive reading on logic and arithmetic, the largest number that most people
could visually appreciate. Put seven dots on a page, and most people can take a quick
glance and declare, “Seven.” Switch to eight, and the majority of humanity was lost.”
Julia Quinn, What Happens in London

Jarod Kintz
“The number 12 is good, the number 123 is better, but the number one is still the best.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

Jarod Kintz
“I’m going to name my firstborn son 0123456789, because I want him to learn to count before he learns the alphabet. And my second son I’ll call 01, because I want him to get into computers at a young age.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

Jarod Kintz
“Algebra is numbers forgetting why they’re letters.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“If I were a number, I’d want to have sextillion with you.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“Today is 8-9-10. August, 9, 2010. So hooray for Chronologically Ascending Day!”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jim Al-Khalili
“Two of the most famous Baghdadi scholars, the philosopher Al-Kindi and the mathematician Al-Khawarizmi, were certainly the most influential in transmitting Hindu numerals to the Muslim world. Both wrote books on the subject during al-Ma'mun's reign, and it was their work that was translated into Latin and transmitted to the West, thus introducing Europeans to the decimal system, which was known in the Middle Ages only as Arabic numerals. But it would be many centuries before it was widely accepted in Europe. One reason for this was sociological: decimal numbers were considered for a long time as symbols of the evil Muslim foe.”
Jim Al-Khalili

Jarod Kintz
“I won’t tell you my name, but I will give you a number that describes me: 4. One a 1-10 scale, I love you like my numerical identity.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“I’m going to count to three, and if you’re not on number four by the time I’m done, I’m going to continue counting without you. Love waits for none.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“Numbers have power. But not enough to supply all the energy for all your daily electrical needs. There’s just not enough strength in numbers for all that.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

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