"Behind any successful research mathematician will be thousands of hours spent pondering mathematics, only very few of which will have directly led to breakthroughts. It is strange, in a way, that anybody is prepared to put out those hours. ... Principle 8.3: If you are truly interested in mathematics, then hard mathematical work does not feel like a chore: it is what you want to do." (W. Timothy Gowers, How do IMO Problems Comapre with Research Problems?, in D. Schleicher and M. Lackmann, eds., An Invitation to Mathematics, From Competitions to Research (Springer, 2011)|
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