This has been troubling me for a few days now and I just can't seem to bring Google to reveal the truth. Which brings me here despite the risk of this question being closed as off-topic.

A few years back, I recall reading of a more or less well-known mathematician being quoted along the lines of "every mathematical result is obvious, you just have to look at it the right way". Does anyone, by any chance, know who these words belong to and what the exact wording was?

(At first I was pretty sure that the quote was in Russian and belonged to Ernest Vinberg but now I just don't know anymore.)

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    $\begingroup$ reminds me of related words of Gromov, e.g., as quoted here: quomodocumque.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/… $\endgroup$ – Suvrit Nov 12 '15 at 5:38
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    $\begingroup$ Are you thinking of this: mathoverflow.net/questions/7155/famous-mathematical-quotes/… $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 12 '15 at 5:49
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson No, I don't think so. Of course, many mathematicians are likely to have said something to a similar effect, which lowers my chances of finding that specific quote. But thank you anyway, this quote (as well as Gromov's one above) seems to actually be more interesting than the one I am looking for. $\endgroup$ – imakhlin Nov 12 '15 at 6:07
  • $\begingroup$ And yes, more related quotes are very welcome! $\endgroup$ – imakhlin Nov 12 '15 at 6:14
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    $\begingroup$ "Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics." (E.T. Bell) $\endgroup$ – Carlo Beenakker Nov 12 '15 at 8:26

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