A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.

— Paul Erdos

## The most practical Paul Erdos quotes that will transform you to a better person

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.

It will be another million years, at least, before we understand the primes.

### The purpose of life is to conjecture and prove.

### It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time.

You should also have an open mind at the right time.

There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down.

### Property is a nuisance.

I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is.

God has the Big Book, the beautiful proofs of mathematical theorems are listed here.

### Here I am: My brain is open.

### Some French socialist said that private property was theft.

.. I say that private property is a nuisance.

### Another roof, another proof.

A Mathematician is someone who can take a cup of coffee and turn it into a theory.

God created two acts of folly. First, He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second, He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act, in the form of microwave radiation.

### There'll be plenty of time to rest in the grave.

Végre nem butulok tovább (I've finally stopped getting dumber).

### Mathematics is not yet ready for such problems.

### Mathematics is the surest way to immortality.

If you make a big discovery in mathematics, you will be remembered after everyone else will be forgotten

### If numbers aren't beautiful, I don't know what is.

### Finally I am becoming stupider no more.

Suppose aliens invade the earth and threaten to obliterate it in a year's time unless human beings can find the Ramsey number for red five and blue five. We could marshal the world's best minds and fastest computers, and within a year we could probably calculate the value. If the aliens demanded the Ramsey number for red six and blue six, however, we would have no choice but to launch a preemptive attack.

The SF [Supreme Fascist, i.e. God] created us to enjoy our suffering. The sooner we die, the sooner we defy His plans.

I'll tell you once, and I'll tell you again. There's always a prime between n and 2n.

### When I was a child, the Earth was said to be two billion years old.

Now scientists say it's four and a half billion. So that makes me two and a half billion.

You don't have to believe in God, but you should believe in The Book.

Every human activity, good or bad, except mathematics, must come to an end.