We have heard much about the poetry of mathematics, but very little of
it has yet been sung. The ancients had a juster notion of their
poetic value than we. The most distinct and beautiful statement of
any truth must take at last the mathematical form. We might so
simplify the rules of moral philosophy, as well as of arithmetic, that
one formula would express them both.
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
by Henry David Thoreau
The Project Gutenberg etext of the book is at
Note that it has "statement" not "statements".