Both chaos theory and fractal have had contacts in the past when they are both impossible to develop and in a certain sense not ready to be developed.

Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time.

Order doesn't come by itself.

There are very complex shapes which would be the same from close by and far away.

There is a joke that your hammer will always find nails to hit. I find that perfectly acceptable.

I went to the computer and tried to experiment. I introduced a very high level of experiment in very pure mathematics.

I had very, very little training in taking an exam to determine a scientist's life in France.

Think not of what you see, but what it took to produce what you see.

Think of color, pitch, loudness, heaviness, and hotness. Each is the topic of a branch of physics.

Smooth shapes are very rare in the wild but extremely important in the ivory tower and the factory.

Pictures were completely eliminated from mathematics; in particular when I was young this happened in a very strong fashion.

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.

Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules, which are repeated without end.

The techniques I developed for studying turbulence, like weather, also apply to the stock market.

My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact.

The Mandelbrot set is the most complex mathematical object known to mankind.

In fact, I barely missed being number one in France in both schools. In particular I did very well in mathematical problems.

Asking the right questions is as important as answering them

If you have a hammer, use it everywhere you can, but I do not claim that everything is fractal.

For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.

I was in an industrial laboratory because academia found me unsuitable.