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Seeing there is neither study nor any kind of  learning that doth more actuate and stir up generous and heroical wits to excellent and eminent affairs; and contrariewise, that doth more deject and keep down sottish and dull minds than the mathematics; it is no marvel that learned and magnanimous princes in all former ages have taken great delight in them, and that unskilful and slothful men have always pursued them with most cruel hatred, as utter enemies to their ignorance and sluggishness.

John Napier (Inventor of logarithms)

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