Creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
The creative principle resides in mathematics. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.
I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
The science of Pure Mathematics, in its modern developments, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.