"A pawn is the most important piece on the chessboard --to a pawn"
Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
"A mature sense of historical-mindedness stimulates self-identity, enabling the individual to surmount, intellectually, his or her immediate environment and emancipating the individual, to some extent, from the pressures to conform to this year's vogues. He or she ceases to be a pawn of the social forces and their representatives."
-Carl G. Gustavson
Reductio ad absurdum, which Euclid loved so much, is one of a mathematician's finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess play: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but a mathematician offers the game.
~Godfrey H. Hardy
A Mathematician's Apology, London, Cambridge University Press, 1941
Famous chess quotations