Have you come across a quote that emphasizes the value of hard work, perseverance, struggling, etc. in mathematics? Do share.

Some examples:

  • "Does one have to be a genius to do mathematics? The answer is an emphatic NO." - Terry Tao
  • "It's bad to have too good a memory if you want to be a mathematician." - Andrew Wiles
  • "Struggling is a good thing... it's where learning happens, it's what we professors are always doing in our research... the struggle is the most interesting place to be." - Francis Su

(and of course Bill Thurston's excellent Overflow profile.)

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    $\begingroup$ "Does one have to be a genius to do mathematics? The answer is an emphatic NO. But honestly, I have no idea about that, because I AM a genius." - Terry Tao, as I like to think. $\endgroup$ – Jack D'Aurizio Jun 13 '17 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ You do you judge to be genius? $\endgroup$ – Wuestenfux Jun 13 '17 at 15:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Wuestenfux: I am not judging myself (I am a poor dumb soul), I was judging Terry Tao to be a genius. $\endgroup$ – Jack D'Aurizio Jun 13 '17 at 15:14
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    $\begingroup$ I love one due to Paul Dirac. See the quote starting with the words If you are..., here from Wikiquote. I say the quote that you can read next-to-last of the section Quotes, before The Principles of Quantum Mechanics. But I take it as an idealization, because my thougths are that even with a great effort I will be unable to do same calculations and reasonings that can do a professional mathematician. $\endgroup$ – user243301 Jun 15 '17 at 16:21

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