I’ve missed more than $9000$ shots in my career. I’ve lost almost $300$ games. $26$ times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan

Study actively. Don’t just read it; fight it! Ask your own questions, look for your own examples, discover your own proofs. Is the hypothesis necessary? Is the converse true? What happens in the classical special case? What about the degenerate cases? Where does the proof use the hypothesis?-Halmos

To be a mathematician you must love mathematics more than family, religion, money, comfort, pleasure, glory.-Halmos

“A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.” – G.K. Chesterton

"Many people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character." -- Albert Einstein

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.--Albert Einstein

In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.-John von Neumann A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there!-Charles Darwin We must know — we will know!---David Hilbert

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