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30 Powerful Math Quotes (plus a printable poster)

Updated: Jan 17

Math is an ancient and fundamental discipline, which has been studied and developed for ages. Here are 30 powerful quotes about math from famous people from centuries ago to modern times.


“The book of nature is written in the language of Mathematics” -Galileo


"Mathematics is the queen of science, and arithmetic the queen of mathematics." -Carl Friedrich Gauss


“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” -Albert Einstein


“Do not worry too much about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are still greater.” -Albert Einstein


“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” -Confucius


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


"No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry." -Benjamin Franklin


"Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things." -Isaac Newton


“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”-Deepak Chopra


“With me, everything turns into mathematics.”-Rene Descartes


“We often hear that mathematics consists mainly of "proving theorems." Is a writer's job mainly that of "writing sentences?" -Gian-Carlo Rota


“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” -Paul Halmos



“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.” – Mickey Mouse


“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” -Shakuntala Devi


“If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.” -Richard Preston


“Simple laws can very well describe complex structures. The miracle is not the complexity of our world, but the simplicity of the equations describing that complexity.” -Sander Bais


“ “Obvious” is the most dangerous word in mathematics” -E.T. Bell


“The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom” -Georg Cantor


“Perfect numbers, like perfect men, are very rare” -Rene Descartes


“The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.” -Carl Friedrich Gauss


“A mathematical theory is not considered complete until you have made it so simple that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street.” -David Hilbert




“There is geometry in the humming of the strings and there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” -Pythagoras


“The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra” -J. Willard Gibbs


“Let’s face it; math is not easy, but that’s what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” -Danica McKellar


“Math, it’s a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles.” -Maya Lin


“I think math is a hugely creative field, because there are some very well-defined operations that you have to work within. You are, in a sense, straight-jacketed by the rules of mathematics. But within that constrained environment, it’s up to you what you do with the symbols.” -Brian Greene


“It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.” -Richard Dawkins


“Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.” -Bertrand Russel

“As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained.” -Arthur Cayley


“Mathematical knowledge adds vigour to the mind, frees it from prejudice, credulity, and superstition.” -John Arbuthnot


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