121 BEST Maths quotes for Homeschoolers

The best thing about quotes is that they are inspirational and motivating - and who doesn't need a bit of inspiration when you've had a long, stressful day and the kids are hungry! Here's over 121 of our favourite maths quotes, taken from inspiring people from all over the world. 

Use these quotes to encourage and increase positivity - you can save them on your desktop, pin them on your Pinterest board, share them with friends, print them, stick them up on the family fridge (the best thing to look at first thing in the morning for encouragement, guaranteed!). You can even save them to your phone and use as a mobile wallpaper. Whatever way you choose to use them, you'll be happier for it! There's actual science to prove it. 

Plus, each quote has a text version underneath the image, if you want to use just the words. Sometimes I like scribbling down my favourite ones in my journal. It's a great way to time-stamp something that inspired you and remember those special moments. 

Mathematics is the supreme judge; from its decisions there is no appeal - Tobias Dantzig

Five out of four people have trouble with fractions - Tobias Dantzig

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures - Jean Piaget

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

Maths can be related to our lives. It teaches us to always be careful with the signs - Anonymous

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way - even if you don't solve it at the end of the day - Andrew Wiles

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

If you stop at general maths, you will only make general money - Snoop Dogg

If at first you don't succeed, try two more times so that your result is statistically significant - Anonymous

If a child comes to believe they are 'dumb' at maths or 'just don't have a maths brain' then it is the teaching method, not the students' ability to understand maths that should be questioned - Esther White

There are two ways to do great mathematics. The first is to be smarter than everybody else. The second way is to be stupider than everybody else — but persistent - Raoul Bott

Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigor should be a signal to the historians that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere.
- W.S. Anglin


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Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer - Carl Sandburg

What if the Algbera teachers are really pirates, and are using us to find the "x" - Minions

You have to spend some energy and effort to see the beauty of math - Maryam Mirzakhani

One of the pleasures of looking at the world through mathematical eyes is that you can see certain patterns that would otherwise be hidden - Steven Strogatz

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 - Sofia Kovalevskaya

Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination - Richard Courant

I've always enjoyed mathematics. It is the most precise and concise way of expressing any idea - N. R. Narayana Murthy

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think - Albert Einstein

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

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make mathematicians realise that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future - Andrew Wiles

The difference between the poet and the mathematician is that the poet tries to get his head into the heavens while the mathematician tries to get the heavens into his head - Andrew Wiles

It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think -John Wesley Young

Doing Mathematics should always mean finding patterns and crafting beautiful and meaningful explanations Paul Lockhart

Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth Marston Morse

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

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple Dr Seuss

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

The pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty  Bertrand Russell


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

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world Archimedes

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

Somehow it’s okay 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

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry Maria Mitchell

Dear Maths, I'm sick and tired of finding of your "x". Just accept the fact that she is gone. Move on dude! Anonymous

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why Bernard Baruch

Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music Frank Capra

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

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things Henri Poincare

But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically Rene Decartes

Mathematics is the abstract key which turns the lock of the physical universe John Polkinghorne

Maths: The only place where people can buy 64 watermelons and no one wonder why... Anonymous

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences Edward Temple Bell

The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom Georg Cantor

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

Mathematics consists of proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way George Pólya

Nature is written in mathematical language Galileo Galilei


"I've shared these quotes with my kids, and they love them! My youngest has chosen a few of her favourites and we've put them up on the fridge door -
a constant remi
nder." - Sarah K, homeschooling mum


The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done Jean Piaget

You don't learn to ride a bike by drawing pictures of a bike, so why would we teach our kids maths by getting them to draw squiggles on a page? Esther White

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

The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics Paul R. Halmos

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Wherever there is number, there is beauty Proclus

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

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

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realise how complicated life is John von Neumann

The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers Maryam Mirzakhani

The power of mathematics is often to change one thing into another, to change geometry into language Marcus du Sautoy

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

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

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

You don’t have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers John Forbes Nash, Jr.

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach they way they learn Ignacio Estrada

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

You don't need a Ph.D. in mathematics to be a successful poker player Daniel Negreanu


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Never under-estimate a child's ability to do maths Esther White

Mathematics is exercise for your left brain Anonymous

Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit Stefan Banach

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics Edsger W. Dijkstra

I am still waiting for the day I’ll use mathematics integration in real life Derrick Obedgiu

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

Anyone can teach a child maths. It's when the child can teach it back that you know they really understand it Esther White

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

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

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

Maths is stimulating, challenging, enjoyable and simple, effective and expansive and the more we can use hands-on tools to show this to kids, the more we can share this love of the mathematical universe with them Esther White

Mathematics is the cheapest science. Unlike physics or chemistry, it does not require any expensive equipment. All one needs for mathematics is a pen and paper George Pólya

Maths 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 Anonymous

There are 3 kinds of people in this world. Those who are good at maths, and those who aren't Anonymous

MATHS: Mistakes allow thinking to happen Anonymous

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

Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics Dean Schlicter

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics Francis Bacon


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Teaching maths in a hands-on way is the key to understanding maths for a lifetime Esther White

In mathematics, you don’t understand things. You just get used to them John von Neumann

Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It’s free. It can be played anywhere — Archimedes did it in a bathtub Richard J. Trudeau

Maths is the language of the Universe. So the more equations you know, the more you can converse with the cosmos Anonymous

Mathematics is not only for solving numbers. It's also for dividing sorrow, subtracting sadness, adding happiness and multiplying love and forgiveness Anonymous

Numbers constitute the only universal language Nathanael West

Yes, you can inspire your students with a love of learning. Maths, a traditionally tricky subject, can be your child's greatest confidence, which then impacts all areas of life Esther White

A lot of the math that I do, it's not sort of premeditated. I talk online or with a colleague, and I get interested, and I just follow where it leads Terence Tao

Maths is stimulating, challenging, enjoyable and simple, effective and expansive and the more we can use hands-on tools to show this to kids, the more we can share this love of the mathematical universe with them Esther White

‘Obvious’ is the most dangerous word in mathematics Eric Temple Bell

Mathematics is the door and key to the sciences Anonymous

There is a fine line between a numerator and a denominator Anonymous

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's whole life believing that it is stupid Albert Einstein

No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically Leonardo Da Vinci

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

Rule of math: If it seems easy, you're doing it wrong Anonymous

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul Sofia Kovalevskaya

You should not only understand what you are doing. You should also know why
and how Harry Wong


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What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for people, more admirably high and demonstrative, than mathematics Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer Albert Einstein

Dear Maths, please grow up and solve your own problems. I'm tired of solving them
for you Anonymous

We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics Katherine Johnson

Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth Marston Morse

Maths is stimulating, challenging, enjoyable and simple, effective and expansive and the more we can use hands-on tools to show this to kids, the more we can share this love of the mathematical universe with them Esther White


You've made it this far, well done!

Want some more inspiring quotes? Kelly from Fearless Homeschool and The Mulberry Journal both have a great collection of homeschooling quotes that you can stick up on the fridge next to these ones. Remember, if you have any more inspirational quotes about maths, leave them in the comments below and we will add them above.

Enjoy reading!

The Team at Maths Australia

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