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Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it. ~ Muhammad Ali
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. ~ Jerry Seinfeld (born April 29 1954)
Despite the best that has been done by everyone — the gallant fighting of the military and naval forces, the diligence and assiduity of Our servants of the State, and the devoted service of Our one hundred million people — the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interest. ~ Hirohito (born 29 April 29 1901)
I have been in a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I will believe when it is apparent.
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.

~ Taliesin ~ (listed as born this date on the WIkipedia date page; traditionally said to have been born just before Beltane — the date of which varies slightly among traditions.)
The advance of science is not comparable to the changes of a city, where old edifices are pitilessly torn down to give place to new, but to the continuous evolution of zoologic types which develop ceaselessly and end by becoming unrecognizable to the common sight, but where an expert eye finds always traces of the prior work of the past centuries. ~ Henri Poincaré (born April 29, 1854)
He who hopes to grow in spirit
will have to transcend obedience and respect.
He'll hold to some laws
but he'll mostly violate
both law and custom, and go beyond
the established, inadequate norm.

~ Constantine P. Cavafy ~

Night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come.
And some of our men who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.

Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.

~ Constantine P. Cavafy (born April 29, 1863)

If all the parts of the universe are interchained in a certain measure, any one phenomenon will not be the effect of a single cause, but the resultant of causes infinitely numerous. ~ Henri Poincaré
The Scientist must set in order. Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. ~ Henri Poincaré
It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover. To know how to criticize is good, to know how to create is better.
~ Henri Poincaré ~
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.
~ Henri Poincaré ~
Of course many people will have much to say.
We should listen. But we won't be deceived
by words such as Indispensable, Unique, and Great.
Someone else indispensable and unique and great
can always be found at a moment's notice.
~ Constantine P. Cavafy ~
To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
~ Henri Poincaré ~

Of what’s to come the wise perceive
things about to happen.

Sometimes during moments of intense study
their hearing’s troubled: the hidden sound
of things approaching reaches them,
and they listen reverently, while in the street outside
the people hear nothing whatsoever.

~ Constantine P. Cavafy ~
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When I consider the dead and their families, I cannot repress my mental agony. ~ Hirohito (born April 29)

It goes without saying that it is unbearable for me to see the brave and loyal fighting men of Japan disarmed. It is equally unbearable that others who have rendered me devoted service should now be punished as instigators of the war. Nevertheless, the time has come to bear the unbearable. ~ Hirohito (born April 29)

  • 3 because victory is a camouflage and sometimes true victory is had in admitting to one's defeat. Zarbon 14:47, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:36, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 04:14, 28 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3
  • 2 Ningauble 11:38, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:23, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

A scientist worthy of the name, above all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature. ~ Henri Poincaré

  • 3 Kalki 18:44, 11 September 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:23, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

The principal aim of mathematical education is to develop certain faculties of the mind, and among these intuition is not the least precious. It is through it that the mathematical world remains in touch with the real world, and even if pure mathematics could do without it, we should still have to have recourse to it to fill up the gulf that separates the symbol from reality. ~ Henri Poincaré

  • 3 Kalki 18:44, 11 September 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:23, 21 June 2013 (UTC)