
Babbage ... gave the name to the [Cambridge] Analytical Society, which he stated was formed to advocate 'the principles of pure dism as opposed to the dotage of the university.'
W. W. Rouse Ball 
'My dear friend, that must be a delusion, what can a circle have to do with the number of people alive at a given time?'
W. W. Rouse Ball

[Gauss calculated the elements of the planet Ceres] and his analysis proved him to be the first of theoretical astronomers no less than the greatest of 'arithmeticians.'
W. W. Rouse Ball 
For other great mathematicians or philosophers, he [Gauss] used the epithets magnus, or clarus, or clarissimus; for Newton alone he kept the prefix summus.
W. W. Rouse Ball 
Biot, who assisted Laplace in revising it [The Mécanique Céleste] for the press, says that Laplace himself was frequently unable to recover the details in the chain of reasoning, and if satisfied that the conclusions were correct, he was content to insert the constantly recurring formula, 'Il est àisé a voir' [it is easy to see].
W. W. Rouse Ball 
Foreshadowings of the principles and even of the language of [the infinitesimal] calculus can be found in the writings of Napier, Kepler, Cavalieri, Pascal, Fermat, Wallis, and Barrow. It was Newton's good luck to come at a time when everything was ripe for the discovery, and his ability enabled him to construct almost at once a complete calculus.
W. W. Rouse Ball 
Newton took no exercise, indulged in no amusements, and worked incessantly, often spending eighteen or nineteen hours out of the twentyfour in writing.
W. W. Rouse Ball 
Throughout his life Newton must have devoted at least as much attention to chemistry and theology as to mathematics.
W. W. Rouse Ball