Math Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old math quotes, math sayings, and math proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.     

Danica Mckellar

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

Albert Einstein

Math is sometimes called the science of patterns.     

Ronald Graham

Mathematics is a place where you can do things which you can't do in the real world.     

Marcus Du Sautoy

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.     

Harold Marston Morse

Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.     

Deepak Chopra

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

Stefan Banach

The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.     

Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor

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

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.     

Albert Einstein

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

Bertrand Russell

Do not imagine that mathematics is hard and crabbed, and repulsive to common sense. It is merely the etherealization of common sense.     

William Thomson

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

David Hilbert

Mathematics is written for mathematicians.     

Nicolaus Copernicus

Mathematics is the music of reason.     

James Joseph Sylvester

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.     

Stendhal

The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.     

Paul Halmos

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.     

Johann Von Neumann

The mathematics is not there till we put it there.     

Sir Arthur Eddington

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.     

Bertrand Russell

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

Hermann Weyl

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

David Hilbert

The power of mathematics is often to change one thing into another, to change geometry into language.     

Marcus Du Sautoy

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

David Hilbert

Math is the great equalizer. If you can do the numbers, the boys have to respect you.     

Audrey Maclean

The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.     

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor

Mathematics is like childhood diseases. The younger you get it, the better.     

Arnold Sommerfeld

Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.     

Galileo Galilei

The study of mathematics is, if an unprofitable, a perfectly harmless and innocent occupation.     

G. H. Hardy