# 60 Funny and Inspirational Math Quotes for Students and Teachers

Funny and inspirational math quotes for teachers and students. Including math quotes from Albert Einstein and other famous mathematicians.

As a student, you either love or hate math. As a teacher, there’s probably nothing you love more.

Whichever the case, having some math knowledge is always useful. If you think about it, most of us use it on a daily basis — whether we’re measuring something, sorting, noticing patterns, making comparisons or recognizing shapes. Of course, we don’t necessarily use complex formulas, but we do need some basic math skills for all these activities.

When it comes to children, it is crucial to teach them about the importance of problem solving. We all know that for some kids there are few words scarier than “math”. But we can influence their thinking by incorporating math in enjoyable activities and by having a positive attitude towards it. There are so many educational games and cool facts that can make this discipline fun.

Math is neither dull nor uncool. There are enough examples of successful people that have proven that. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at the following quotes and saying that we’ve handpicked for you.

# Here are 60 Math Quotes for Students, Teachers and Classrooms from Albert Einstein and other Famous Mathematicians

## Math quotes for teachers

It is the duty of all teachers, and of teachers of mathematics in particular, to expose their students to problems much more than to facts.

PAUL HALMOS

The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.

H. L. MENCKEN

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

Theorems are fun especially when you are the prover, but then the pleasure fades. What keeps us going are the unsolved problems.

CARL POMERANCE

The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

CARL JUNG

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.

PHILIP J. DAVIS

All mathematicians share a sense of amazement over the infinite depth and mysterious beauty and usefulness of mathematics.

MARTIN GARDNER

It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think.

JOHN WESLEY YOUNG

## Math quotes for students

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.

WILLIAM PAUL THURSTON

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.

EDSGER DIJKSTRA

Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.

SHAKUNTALA DEVI

The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.

PAUL HALMOS

There’s no reason to stereotype yourself. Doing math is like going to the gym – it’s a workout for your brain and it makes you smarter.

DANICA MCKELLAR

Do not worry too much about your difficulty in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are still greater.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

You can be creative in anything — in math, science, engineering, philosophy — as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.

KEN ROBINSON (more Ken Robinson quotes)

## Math quotes about love

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

ERIC HOFFER

The only reason I don’t know more about love is because there just isn’t more to know. In fact, I’ve reduced love to a mathematical formula: Hdgk(X)=H2k(X,Q)∩Hk,k(X). Actually, that’s not right. That’s the statement piece of the Hodge conjecture, but I’m sure you already knew that.

JAROD KINTZ

Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

GEORGE POLYA

Mathematics may not teach us to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution.

Unknown

Mathematics is a hard thing to love. It has the unfortunate habit, like a rude dog, of turning its most unfavorable side towards you when you first make contact with it.

DAVID WHITELAND

## Math quotes for life

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

JOHN VON NEUMANN

Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives.

Unknown

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.

RICHARD COURANT

Wherever there is number, there is beauty.

PROCLUS

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.

LEO TOLSTOY

Mathematics, even in its present and most abstract state, is not detached from life. It is just the ideal handling of the problems of life.

CASSIUS JACKSON KEYSER

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

DAVID HILBERT

Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth.

MARSTON MORSE

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

STENDHAL

Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.

JOSEPH FOURIER

## Math quotes by Albert Einstein

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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

Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?

ALBERT EINSTEIN

But the creative principle resides in mathematics. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

## Math quotes from famous mathematicians

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

STEFAN BANACH

What is mathematics? It is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature.

SHAKUNTALA DEVI

Mathematics is the supreme judge; from its decisions there is no appeal.

TOBIAS DANTZIG

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.

EUCLID

Mathematics is the music of reason.

JAMES JOSEPH SYLVESTER

Mathemathics is the queen of the science.

CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS

A mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a complete mathematician.

KARL WEIERSTRASS

Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.

JOSEPH FOURIER

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.

STAN GUDDER

Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent.

PYTHAGORAS

Mathematics is concerned only with the enumeration and comparison of relations.

CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS

Mathematics is the science of what is clear by itself.

CARL JACOBI

Nature is written in mathematical language.

GALILEO GALILEI

Just because we can’t find a solution, it doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

ANDREW WILES

You don’t have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.

JOHN FORBES NASH

## Funny math quotes

Somehow it’s o.k. for people to chuckle about not being good at math. Yet if I said ‘I never learned to read,” they’d say I was an illiterate dolt.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

If you stop at general math, then you will only make general money.

SNOOP DOGG

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there.

CHARLES DARWIN

Math is fun. It teaches you life and death information like when you’re cold, you should go to a corner since it’s 90 degrees there.

Unknown

Dear Math, I’m sick and tired of finding your X. Just accept the fact that she’s gone.

UNKNOWN

In the fall of 1972, President Nixon announced that the rate increase of inflation was decreasing. This was the first time a president used the third derivative to advance his case for re-election.

HUGO ROSSI

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

DAVID HILBERT

That awkward moment when you finish a math problem and your answer isn’t even one of the choices.

RITU GHATOUREY

If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then nine times out of 10 it will.

PAUL HARVEY