With its claims to profundity, boldness and originality, thinking still limits itself provisionally to the exclusively rational and scientific. ... As soon as it lays hold of the feelings, it becomes spirit.
“Mathematical man” (1913), B. Pike and D. Luft, trans., Precision and Soul (1978), p. 43
Mathematics is the bold luxury of pure reason, one of the few that remain today.Robert Musil
Mathematics is the source of a wicked intellect that, while making man the lord of the earth, also makes him the slave of the machine.Robert Musil
... the restricting of intellectual and spiritual needs to the mania of progressRobert Musil
I am not only convinced that what I say is false, but also that what one might say against it is false. Despite this, one must begin to talk about it. In such a case the truth lies not in the middle, but rather all around, like a sack, which, with each new opinion one stuffs into it, changes its form, and becomes more and more firm.Robert Musil
We do not have too much intellect and too little soul, but too little intellect in matters of the soul.Robert Musil
In their field they [mathematicians] do what we ought to be doing in ours. Therein lies the significant lesson ... of their existence. They are an analogy for the intellectual of the future.Robert Musil