Enjoy our Ada Lovelace quotes and get to know the mind and spirit behind Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace. Also known as the “Enchantress of Numbers” and credited by history as being the first computer programmer ever, Ada Lovelace was a woman like no other.
Her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine paved the way for the modern day computer. And while other scientists only focused on the computers’ ability to calculate and crunch numbers, Ada Lovelace developed a vision that went beyond in large part due to her “poetical science” or the integration of poetry and science.
As can be seen from our Ada Lovelace quotes, Ada valued both mathematics AND metaphysics as tools that can be used to explore “the unseen worlds around us”.
I do not believe that my father was (or ever could have been) such a Poet as I shall be an Analyst; (& Metaphysician); for with me the two go together indissolubly. – Ada Lovelace
What is imagination?…It is a God-like, a noble faculty. It renders earth tolerable; it teaches us to live, in the tone of the eternal. – Ada Lovelace
I am quite thunder-struck at the power of the writing. It is especially unlike a woman’s style surely; but neither can I compare it with any man’s exactly. – Ada Lovelace
What would be to me terrible, would be mind & activity impeded by health. – Ada Lovelace
I am in a charming state of confusion. – Ada Lovelace
Religion to me is science, and science is religion. – Ada Lovelace
[Debugging] is damnably troublesome work, and plagues me. – Ada Lovelace
Your best and wisest refuge from all troubles is in your science. – Ada Lovelace
I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me. – Ada Lovelace
The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be. – Ada Lovelace
A new, a vast, and a powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths so that these may become of more speedy and accurate practical application for the purposes of mankind than the means hitherto in our possession have rendered possible. – Ada Lovelace
I don’t wish to be without my brains, tho’ they doubtless interfere with a blind faith which would be very comfortable. – Ada Lovelace
Forget this world and all its troubles and if possible its multitudinous Charlatans– everything in short but the Enchantress of Numbers. – Ada Lovelace
That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show. – Ada Lovelace
Thus not only the mental and the material, but the theoretical and the practical in the mathematical world, are brought into more intimate and effective connection with each other. – Ada Lovelace
I believe myself to possess a most singular combination of qualities exactly fitted to make me pre-eminently a discoverer of the hidden realities of nature. – Ada Lovelace
The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves. – Ada Lovelace
The intellectual, the moral, the religious seem to me all naturally bound up and interlinked together in one great and harmonious whole. – Ada Lovelace
Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science. – Ada Lovelace
Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand. – Ada Lovelace
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