# David Hilbert Quotes

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“As long as a branch of science offers an abundance of problems, so long it is alive; a lack of problems foreshadows extinction or the cessation of independent development.”

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We must know. We will know.

— David Hilbert

— David Hilbert

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street.

— David Hilbert

“Physics is becoming too difficult for the physicists.”

— David Hilbert

If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?

— David Hilbert

“Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.”

— David Hilbert

If one were to bring ten of the wisest men in the world together and ask them what was the most stupid thing in existence, they would not be able to discover anything so stupid as astrology.

— David Hilbert

“He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.”

— David Hilbert

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— David Hilbert

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.

— David Hilbert

No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man; no other idea has so fruitfully stimulated his intellect; yet no other concept stands in greater need of clarification than that of the infinite.

— David Hilbert

One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it.

— David Hilbert

Sometimes it happens that a man's circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view.

— David Hilbert

“Begin with the simplest examples.”

— David Hilbert

— David Hilbert

One hears a lot of talk about the hostility between scientists and engineers. I don't believe in any such thing. In fact I am quite certain it is untrue ... There cannot possibly be anything in it because neither side has anything to do with the other.

— David Hilbert

A mathematical problem should be difficult in order to entice us, yet not completely inaccessible, lest it mock at our efforts. It should be to us a guide post on the mazy paths to hidden truths, and ultimately a reminder of our pleasure in the successful solution.

— David Hilbert

We ought not to believe those who today, adopting a philosophical air and with a tone of superiority, prophesy the decline of culter and are content with the unknowable in a self-satisfied way. For us there is no unknowable, and in my opinion there is also non whatsoever for the natural sciences. In place of this foolish unknowable, let our watchword on the contrary be: we must know - we shall know.

— David Hilbert

— David Hilbert

— David Hilbert

Some people have got a mental horizon of radius zero and call it their point of view.

— David Hilbert

“Physics is much too hard for physicists.”

— David Hilbert

“Geometry is the most complete science.”

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Every mathematical discipline goes through three periods of development: the naive, the formal, and the critical.

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The arithmetical symbols are written diagrams and the geometrical figures are graphic formulas.

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— David Hilbert

The tool which serves as intermediary between theory and practice, between thought and observation, is mathematics; it is mathematics which builds the linking bridges and gives the ever more reliable forms.

— David Hilbert

[On Cantor's work:] The finest product of mathematical genius and one of the supreme achievements of purely intellectual human activity.

— David Hilbert

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