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Mathematics Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Mathematics

Please enjoy these Mathematics Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

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If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

The study of mathematics, like the Nile,
begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.
- Charles Caleb Colton

 

My interest in the sciences started with mathematics in the very beginning,
and later with chemistry in early high school and the
proverbial home chemistry set.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
- Stendhal

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I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics
dates from those early childhood days.
- Andrew Wiles

Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful
creation of the human spirit.
- Stefan Banach

I read everything: fiction, history,
science,
mathematics, biography, travel.
- Martin Lewis Perl

Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant
with the ideas of number and quantity.
- George Boole

For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy
but active experience in mathematics itself that can
alone answer the question:
What is mathematics?
- Richard Courant

The mathematics of rhythm are universal.
They don't belong to any particular culture.
- John McLaughlin

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which
we never know what we are talking about,
nor whether what we are saying is true.
- Bertrand Russell

Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics.
- Gabriel Marcel

I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
- G. H. Hardy

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple
rules with meaningless marks on paper.
- David Hilbert

I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was
the study I was best fitted to follow,
though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account.
- Simon Newcomb

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must
be held of higher value than solving it.
- Georg Cantor

The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.
- Georg Cantor

Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me.
It makes music like mathematics.
- Robert Quine

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I was on the mathematics faculty at M.I.T.
from 1951 through until I resigned in the spring of 1959.
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.

I could never accept findings based almost exclusively on mathematics.
It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world.
It's the things people know that ain't so.
- Edwin Armstrong

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

And they're also very good at math, these super boogers,
and so they teach Billy the ways of mathematics.
- William Joyce

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy,
as well as an apparent, perhaps a real,
anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.
- Simon Newcomb

We especially need imagination in science.
It is not all mathematics, nor all logic,
but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
- Maria Montessori

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein,
and given over a hopeless race.
- Charles Babbage

I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics.
- John Henry Carver

I went to Princeton from Amherst, where I split my
interests between mathematics and philosophy.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation,
the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone
of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
- Bertrand Russell

You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality.
- Hermann Weyl

James Brown is important because he decorates the clock
correctly and he's good with lower mathematics.
Don't get me wrong - he's good.
- Don Van Vliet

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

I had a liberal arts education at Amherst College where I had two majors,
mathematics and philosophy.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus.
Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science.
This is a source of concern.
- Daniel Dennett

Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied.
For what is useful above all is technique,
and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.
- G. H. Hardy

At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics.
On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous
equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book.
- John Pople

In some parts of life, like mathematics and science,
yeah, I was a genius.
I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.
- Steve Wozniak

Mathematics is as old as Man.
- Stefan Banach

But however measurable, there is much more life in
music than mathematics or logic ever dreamed of.
- Gabriel Marcel

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics.
I can assure you mine are still greater.
- Albert Einstein

Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.
- Jamie Murphy

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates
interesting mathematics along the way -
even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.
- Andrew Wiles

It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics,
yet no one questions the validity of what you say.
There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.
- James Newman

When we were making the law, when we were writing the
literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of
Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love
of concepts and mathematics,
was a marvelous experience.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

Whatever the course, whether the course was boring or interesting to me,
whether I was talented in mathematics or not talented in languages,
my parents expected A's.
- Martin Lewis Perl

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion,
sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics.
Defying nature, it surpasses it.
- Camille Paglia

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place
in the world for ugly mathematics.
- Godfrey Harold Hardy

Mathematics was hard, dull work.
Geography pleased me more.
For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.
- John James Audubon

We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics.
Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that
they have good solutions.
- Whitfield Diffie

For the things of this world cannot be made known without
a knowledge of mathematics.
- Roger Bacon

God exists since mathematics is consistent,
and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.
- Andre Weil

If mathematics is to be understood widely,
we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications.
Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is!
- Johnny Ball

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics
and teaching mathematics.
- Simeon Poisson

The infinite in mathematics is alway unruly unless it is properly treated.
- James Newman

Film is one of the three universal languages,
the other two: mathematics and music.
- Frank Capra

I read one or two other books which gave me a background
in mathematics other than logic.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

If I were again beginning my studies,
I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.
- Galileo Galilei

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that
special case which contains all the germs of generality.
- David Hilbert

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries;
for mathematics,
the cultural world is one country.
- David Hilbert

The most painful thing about mathematics is how far
away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.
- James Newman

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein

I was fortunate to find an extraordinary mathematics
and applied mathematics program in Toronto.
- Walter Kohn

Well, some mathematics problems look simple,
and you try them for a year or so, and then you try
them for a hundred years,
and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.
- Andrew Wiles


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