Discovery in mathematics is not a matter of logic. It is rather the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and in which unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs, a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth.
Attributed in Chaplin, Virginia. "Princeton & Mathematics: A Notable Record". Princeton Alumni Weekly (May 9, 1958).
The creative scientist lives in a 'wildness of logic,' where reason is the handmaiden and not the master.Marston Morse