A. E. Housman
(26 Mar 1859 - 30 Apr 1936)
Science Quotes by A. E. Housman (1 quote)
If a man will comprehend the richness and variety of the universe, and inspire his mind with a due measure of wonder and awe, he must contemplate the human intellect not only on its heights of genius but in its abysses of ineptitude...
— A. E. Housman
Quotes by others about A. E. Housman (1)
A painter makes patterns with shapes and colours, a poet with words. A painting may embody an idea, but the idea is usually commonplace and unimportant. In poetry, ideas count for a good deal more; but, as Housman insisted, the importance of ideas in poetry is habitually exaggerated. The poverty of ideas seems hardly to affect the beauty of the verbal pattern. A mathematician, on the other hand, has no material to work with but ideas, and so his patterns are likely to last longer, since ideas wear less with time than words.