Music is the **arithmetic** of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.

— As quoted in

I do hate sums, There is no greater mistake than to call **arithmetic** an exact science. There are Permutations and Aberrations discernible to minds entirely noble like mine; subtle variations which ordinary accountants fail to discover; hidden laws of Numbers which it requires a mind like mine to perceive. For instance, if you add a sum from the bottom up, and then again from the top down, the result is always different.

— Maria Price La Touche,

It is noteworthy that modern Platonists , almost without exception, are ignorant of mathematics, in spite of the immense importance that Plato attached to **arithmetic** and geometry, and the immense influence that they [these studies] had on his philosophy. This is an example of the evils of specialization: a man must not write on Plato unless he has spent so much of his youth on Greek as to have no time for the things that Plato thought important.

— Book One, Part II, Chapter XV, The Theory of Ideas, p. 132

Legitimized love always despises its easygoing brother Like all women, being very fond of indigestible things Presence of a woman, that sovereign inspiration Spirit of order and **arithmetic** in the business house Subtleties of expression to describe the most improper things Thin veneer of modesty of every woman Thrill of furious and bestial anger which urges on a mob to massacre .

— Guy de Maupassant, in Quotes And Images From Maupassant.

He who refuses to do **arithmetic** is doomed to talk nonsense.

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Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin. For, as has been pointed out several times, there is no such thing as a random number — there are only methods to produce random numbers, and a strict **arithmetic** procedure of course is not such a method.

— On mistaking pseudorandom number generators for being truly "random" — this quote is often erroneously interpreted to mean that von Neumann was against the use of pseudorandom numbers, when in reality he was cautioning about misunderstanding their true nature while advocating their use. From "Various techniques used in connection with random digits" by John von Neumann in

Some writers maintain **arithmetic** to be only the only sure guide in political economy; for my part, I see so many detestable systems built upon arithmetical statements, that I am rather inclined to regard that science as the instrument of national calamity.

— Book I, On Production, Chapter XVII, Section III, p. 188

The whole of **arithmetic** now appeared within the grasp of mechanism.

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The devil take this wrong **arithmetic**. But never mind.

— Notebook IV, The Chapter on Capital, p. 297

We know, and we feel, that the vast business of our redemption, arranged in the councils of the far-back eternity, and acted out amid the wonderings and throbbings of the universe, could not have been that stupendous transaction which gave God glory by giving sinners safety, if the inspired account brought its dimensions within the compass of a human **arithmetic**, or denned its issues by the lines of a human demarcation.

— P. 423. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))

No man acquires property without acquiring with it a little **arithmetic** , also.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), American essayist, poet and philosopher. 'Montaigne; or, the Skeptic',

In the metaphor of **arithmetic** , the dyad reveals itself as the door between the One and the Many, between monad and all other numbers.

— Priya Hemenway in

We know, and we feel, that the vast business of our redemption, arranged in the councils of the far-back eternity, and acted out amid the wonderings and throbbings of the universe, could not have been that stupendous transaction which gave God glory by giving sinners safety, if the inspired account brought its dimensions within the compass of a human **arithmetic**, or denned its issues by the lines of a human demarcation.

— P. 423. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))

He who refuses to do **arithmetic** is doomed to talk nonsense.

— John McCarthy (1995)

That fondness for science , ... that affability and condescension which God shows to the learned, that promptitude with which he protects and supports them in the elucidation of obscurities and in the removal of difficulties, has encouraged me to compose a short work on calculating by al-jabr and al-muqabala , confining it to what is easiest and most useful in **arithmetic**.

— Muhammad ibn M?s? al-Khw?rizm? (c.780-850) as quoted in: Victor J. Katz (2009)

Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin. For, as has been pointed out several times, there is no such thing as a random number there are only methods to produce random numbers, and a strict **arithmetic** procedure of course is not such a method.

— John von Neumann, "Various techniques used in connection with random digits" by John von Neumann in

It seems probable that the early Greeks were largely indebted to the Phoenicians for their knowledge of practical **arithmetic** or the art of calculation, and perhaps also learnt from them a few properties of numbers. It may be worthy of note that Pythagoras was a Phoenician; and according to Herodotus , but this is more doubtful, Thales was also of that race.

— W. W. Rouse Ball,

"Music is a hidden **arithmetic** exercise of the soul, which doesn't know that it is counting."

— Original Latin: "Musica est exercitium arithmeticae occultum nescientis se numerare animi."

I have no faith in political **arithmetic**.

— In

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