# G. H. Hardy Quotes

## Who was G. H. Hardy?

Born | February 7, 1877 |
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Died | December 1, 1947 |

Aged | 70 years old |

## Books by G. H. Hardy

### G. H. Hardy Sources

- All quotes by G. H. Hardy (6 quotes)
- A Mathematician's Apology (5 quotes)
- Other quotes by G. H. Hardy (1 quote)

## Best 6 Quotes by G. H. Hardy

“It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.”

### A Mathematician's Apology Quotes

“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.”

“Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. Immortality may be a silly word, but probably a mathematician has the best chance of whatever it may mean.”

“Real mathematics must be justified as art if it can be justified at all.”

“Reductio ad absurdum, which Euclid loved so much, is one of a mathematician's finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess play: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but a mathematician offers the game.”

“The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.”

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