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Today is Magnus Gösta Mittag-Leffler's Birthday!
 Talet är tankens början och slut,
Med talet föddes tanken,
Utöfver talet når tanken icke.

from over the fireplace in the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm.

The literal meaning is "Number is the beginning and the end of thought.  Beyond number thought does not reach." 

In Swedish the word "tal" can also mean "speech."

Born:  March 16, 1846
in Stockholm, Sweden
Died:  July 7, 1927
in Stockholm, Sweden