…as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not reading. Not talking. Not making an effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know. And yet those with the courage to tread this path to real discovery are not only offered practically no guidance on how to do so, they are actively discouraged and have to set about it in secret, pretending meanwhile to be diligently engaged in the frantic diversions and to conform with the deadening personal opinions which are continually being thrust upon them.
George Spencer-Brown, English mathematician
Spencer-Brown, G. 1969. Laws of Form, Appendix I, p. 110. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, England. Quoted in: Gaither, C.C. and Cavazos-Gaither, A.E., 2008, Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Springer.