"Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."
~ Blaise Pascal
"The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire."
~ William Alger
"I’m a Platonist - a follower of Plato - who believes that one didn’t invent these sorts of things, that one discovers them. In a sense, all these mathematical facts are right there waiting to be discovered.
In our times, geometers are still exploring those new Wonderlands, partly for the sake of their applications to cosmology and other branches of science, but much more for the sheer joy of passing through the looking glass into a land where the familiar lines, planes, triangles, circles and spheres are seen to behave in strange but precisely determined ways."
~ H.S.M. Coxeter
"Once upon a time there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a dot. 'You're the beginning and the end, the hub, the core and the quintessence,' he told her tenderly, but the frivolous dot wasn't a bit interested, for she only had eyes for a wild and unkempt squiggle who never seemed to have anything on his mind at all. All of the line's romantic dreams were in vain, until he discovered . . . angles! Now, with new found self-expression, he can be anything he wants to be--a square, a triangle, a parallelogram. . . . And that's just the beginning!"
~Juster Norton, The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1963).
images ~ misha