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Here is a list of maths quotes which you might want to print out and put on your classroom wall.

Inspire your pupils and show them that maths is great!


Modern Quotes

“Maths is the language in which the universe is written.  It’s innate to the human brain and is a spectacular thing that we’ve discovered/invented” –Dara O Briain – Comedian and Television Presenter

“The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first” –Sergey Brin, Maths Graduate and founder of Google

Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

 “Maths is the lifeblood of good MoneySaving, helping you understand when you’re getting a good deal and when you’re being ripped off.” –Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert

“If you stop at general math, you’re only going to make general math money” –Snoop Dogg

“I took a lot of math classes in college” –Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

“Maths is the only A level proven to increase earnings in later life – by an average of 10%”- Elizabeth Truss – Politician

“Maths is becoming ever-more important to the economy” – Elizabeth Truss – Politician



“More and more sectors rely on technology – and more companies require people with advanced analytical and research skills if they’re going to compete” –Elizabeth Truss – Politician

“The proportion of employees saying advanced mathematics or statistics is important in their jobs rose from 29 per cent in 1997 to 38 per cent in 2012” –The Smith Review 2017

“Individuals who achieve five or more good GCSEs (including English and mathematics) as their highest qualification have a lifetime productivity gain worth around £100,000” –The Smith Review 2017

 “Mathematics is one of the highest rated degree courses for future employability and subsequent earnings”The Bond Report 2018

 “Skilled mathematicians of a high calibre are needed and they are in short supply”The Bond Report 2018

“Mathematics contributed over £200 billion annually to the UK economy in 2010” – The Bond Report 2018

Marcus de Sautoy

Marcus de Sautoy

“Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.” – Marcus du Sautoy


Quotes from Mathematicians and Scientists (mainly historical)

“Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.” – David Hilbert

“Mathematics is the queen of the sciences” – Carl Friedrich Gauss

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

Sofia Kovalevskaya

Sofia Kovalevskaya


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

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

“If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.” – Galileo Galilei

“The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.” – H. Hardy

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

“Some mathematician, I believe, has said that true pleasure lies not in the discovery of truth, but in the search for it.” – Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.” – Aristotle

“Mathematics is the gate and key of the sciences… Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since one who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of this world.” – Roger Bacon

“Many who have never had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confound it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.” – Sofia Kovalevskaya

“There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world.” – Nikolai Lobachevsky

“In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built, and what one has established, another undoes. In mathematics alone each generation adds a new storey to the old structure.” – Hermann Hankel

Image Credits

Sergey Brin by JD Lasica@Flickr
Marcus du Sautoy – Jaqen [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Sofia Kovalevskaya stamp – Post of USSR [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Elizabeth Truss – Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0] Leo Tolstoy – F. W. Taylor [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons