Ada Lovelace Quotes

Who was Ada Lovelace?

Quotes by Ada Lovelace on The Cite Site Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer and the daughter of poet Lord Byron. Lovelace is best known for her work on Charles Babbage's computer called the Analytical Engine.

Born December 10, 1815
Died November 27, 1852
Aged 36 years old

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Best 17 Quotes by Ada Lovelace

“As soon as I have got flying to perfection, I have got a scheme about a steam engine.”

“I am more than ever now the bride of science. Religion to me is science, and science is religion.”

“I am much pleased to find how very well I stand work and how my powers of attention and continued effort increase.”

“I can throw rays from every quarter of the universe into one vast focus… My course is so clear and obvious that it is delightful to think how straight it is.”

“I don't wish to be without my brains, tho' they doubtless interfere with a blind faith which would be very comfortable.”

“I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at.”

“If you can’t give me poetry, can’t you give me poetical science?”

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“Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science.”

“Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able to fully to appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious.”

“One essential object is to choose that arrangement which shall tend to reduce to a minimum the time necessary for completing the calculation.”

“That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.”

“The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform.”

“The intellectual, the moral, the religious seem to me all naturally bound up and interlinked together in one great and harmonious whole.”

“The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be.”

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“The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value.”

“Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.”

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