Shakuntala Devi Quotes

Astrology and mathematics are so analogous.

Do not be completely dependant on your computer.

I am one of those people who shun technology. I’m very basic.

I have never learnt to use an abacus.

I think I am a person of average intelligence but people think I’m extraordinarily intelligent because I do mathematics. If I was poor in it and good at all the other subjects they would consider me dull.

I was born with numbers.

If homosexuals want to live within the discipline of society, what does the society expect them to do? Live a life of total celibacy?

Immorality does not consist in being different. It consists in not allowing others to be so. It is not the individual whose sexual relations depart from the social custom who is immoral – but those are immoral who would penalize him for being different.

In 1977, I received standing ovation from an audience of learned mathematicians when I extracted the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds flat! A high powered and sophisticated computer took 62 seconds – and that too after days of programming.

Many people think that they should do math only if they are planning to become mathematicians, engineers or technocrats. That is like saying you should exercise daily only if you want to take up sport professionally or become an athlete or a gymnast.

Numbers have a life according to me. They are not just symbols on paper. They are beautiful numbers.

The purpose of my life is to make everybody, especially children, enjoy Maths as an affable and joyful experience.

Understand the numbers. You need not be genius with numbers. The interest should help you come off the fear of maths.

We’re surrounded by mathematics and yet we fail to recognize it.