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German

Mathematician
January 23
, 1862 
February 14
, 1943
Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.
David Hilbert
Simple
Mathematics
Game
Rules
Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.
David Hilbert
Mathematics
World
Country
Boundaries
The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.
David Hilbert
Mathematics
Art
Finding
Doing
If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?
David Hilbert
Question
First
Years
After
If one were to bring ten of the wisest men in the world together and ask them what was the most stupid thing in existence, they would not be able to discover anything so stupid as astrology.
David Hilbert
Together
Stupid
Men
World
Physics is becoming too difficult for the physicists.
David Hilbert
Difficult
Physics
Too
Becoming
A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street.
David Hilbert
Man
You
Street
Meet
How thoroughly it is ingrained in mathematical science that every real advance goes hand in hand with the invention of sharper tools and simpler methods which, at the same time, assist in understanding earlier theories and in casting aside some more complicated developments.
David Hilbert
Science
Time
Understanding
Real
The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man.
David Hilbert
Man
Infinite
Question
Spirit
The further a mathematical theory is developed, the more harmoniously and uniformly does its construction proceed, and unsuspected relations are disclosed between hitherto separated branches of the science.
David Hilbert
Science
Construction
More
Theory
One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it.
David Hilbert
Work
Measure
Importance
Number
No one shall expel us from the paradise that Cantor has created for us.
David Hilbert
Paradise
Us
Shall
Created
No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man; no other idea has so fruitfully stimulated his intellect; yet no other concept stands in greater need of clarification than that of the infinite.
David Hilbert
Man
Infinite
Need
Question
Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom  that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself.
David Hilbert
Science
Time
Religion
Believe
He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.
David Hilbert
Mind
Problem
Without
Who
Mathematical science is in my opinion an indivisible whole, an organism whose vitality is conditioned upon the connection of its parts.
David Hilbert
Science
Opinion
Connection
Vitality
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