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Math Quotes - Mackie's Favorite


Here are some of my favorite math and education quotes.

“Mathematics is a language.” ~ Gibbs, Josiah Willard

“God is like a skilful Geometrician.” ~ Browne, Sir Thomas

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” ~Descartes

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” ~Disraeli, Benjamin

“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” Proverbs 12:1

“Mathematics is the queen of the sciences.” ~Carl Friedrich Gauss

“One of the principal objects of theoretical research in my department of knowledge is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.” ~ Gibbs, Josiah Willard

“An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.” ~ Heisenberg, Werner

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

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5

“Where there is matter, there is geometry.” Kepler, Johannes

“Truth ... and if mine eyes
Can bear its blaze, and trace its symmetries,
Measure its distance, and its advent wait,
I am no prophet -- I but calculate.” ~ Mackay, Charles

“Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man.” ~Mayer, Maria Goeppert

“In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.” ~Johann von Neumann

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 9:9

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~Albert Einstein

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” ~Dean Schlicter

“We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.” ~ Pascal, Blaise

“A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.” ~Unknown

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” ~Albert Einstein

“ ‘Obvious’ is the most dangerous word in mathematics.” ~Eric Temple Bell

“Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated.” ~Albert Einstein

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

“The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.” ~Marilyn Vos Savant

“It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think.” ~John Wesley Young
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