Farkas Bolyai (1775 - 1856)

[To son János:]
For God's sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passion, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.
[Bolyai's father urging him to give up work on non-Euclidean geometry.]

Quoted in P Davis and R Hersh The Mathematical Experience (Boston 1981)