The future mathematician . . . should solve problems, choose the problems which are in his line, meditate upon their solution, and invent new problems. By this means, and by all other means, he should endeavor to make his first important discovery: he should discover his likes and dislikes, his taste, his own line.
~George Pólya, How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (1957), p. 206
The future belongs to Science. More and more she will control the destinies of the nations. Already she has them in her crucible and on her balances.
~Sir William Osler, in René Vallery-Radot, The Life of Pasteur (1919), xvi