Henri Poincaré Quote
The brain is as weak as the senses, and it would be lost in the complexities of the world were there not harmony in that complexity. After the manner of the short-sighted, we would see only detail after detail, losing sight of each detail before the examination of another, unable to bind them together.
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1909 - The Future of Mathematics (p. 126), Government Printing Office. 1910