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A Collection of Math Quotes to Get You Inspired and Motivated

Motivational quotes are a great way to get excited, get moving, and share your passion. We love math, so our collection focuses on powerful math quotes.

There are so many amazing math mathematicians out there with nuggets of wisdom we can all learn from. Enjoy this curated collection of math quotes, which is updated regularly.

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

 

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"A mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a complete mathematician." - Karl Weierstrass

 

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"Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems — they love a challenge." - Andrew Wiles

 

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“The essence of math is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” - Stan Gudder

 

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"Wherever there is number, there is beauty." - Proclus

 

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“Why do children dread mathematics? Because of the wrong approach. Because it is looked at as a subject.” - Shakuntala Devi

 

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"To not know math is a severe limitation to understanding the world." - Richard P. Feynman

 

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

 

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“I’ve always been interested in using mathematics to make the world work better.” - Alvin E. Roth

 

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

 

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“Nature is written in mathematical language.” - Galileo Galilei

 

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

 

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“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.” - William Paul Thurston

 

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“Mathematics is the music of reason.” - James Joseph Sylvester

 

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

 

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“It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.” - Sofia Kovalevskaya

 

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

 

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

 

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“All systems operate optimally. You just have to figure out what they are optimizing over.” - Henry Pollak

 

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"Mathematics is a place where you can do things which you can’t do in the real world." - Marcus du Sautoy

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