## A quotation by Julian Coolidge

[Upon proving that the best betting strategy for "Gambler's Ruin" was to bet all on the first trial.]

It is true that a man who does this is a fool. I have only proved that a man who does anything else is an even bigger fool.

Quoted in H Eves

*Return to Mathematical Circles*(Boston 1988).

The unproved postulates with which we start are purely arbitrary. They must be consistent, but they had better lead to something interesting.

Quoted in D MacHale,

*Comic Sections*(Dublin 1993)

The present author confesses that, to him, geometry is nothing at all, if not a branch of art ...

*A Treatise on Algebraic Plane Curves*