Math--The Ultimate Quotation Collection

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Math—The Ultimate Quotation Collection


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78 Page Quotation Collection on Math

This 78 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Math. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Math, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.

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Sample Quotes on Math:

Students never think it can be the teacher’s fault and so I thought I was stupid. I was frustrated and would come home and cry because I couldn’t do it. Then we got a new teacher who made math accessible. That made all the difference and I learned that it’s how you present it that makes it scary or friendly.

—Danica McKellar

A good graph is worth a thousand words.

--Dennis Johnston

How to do math:

  1. Write down the problem.
  2. Cry.

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Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.

--Milton Friedman

What math education will be for one child for one year will depend on what the child’s teacher believes, knows and does—and doesn’t believe, doesn’t know and doesn’t do.

--Eric Muller

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake

--Frank Wilczek

Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.

--Fran Leibowitz

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

--Albert Einstein

Algebra is but written geometry, and geometry is but figured algebra.

--Sophie Germain virtue of a certain geometrical forethought...know that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle, and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material.

--Pappus (A.D. 300)

Why are so many Asian kids good at math and achieve so much?….It’s not genetic, it’s not in the rice! It’s about hard work.

--Amy Chua

There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not someday be applied to the phenomena of the real world.

--Nicolai Lobachevsky

It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could safely be relegated to anyone else if machines were used.

--Gottfried Willhelm von Leibniz 

Numbers constitute the only universal language.

--Nathanael West

The metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.

--Dave Barry

The idea of math phobia annoys me. There’s no history phobia, no English phobia, no sociology phobia. Somehow mathematics phobia rolls right off the tongue with no problem. On behalf of all of those math-hating people, I personally apologize to them for their experience....Currently, if you look at all the people who think mathematics is dull, it’s because of their experience. When we teach mathematics, we are not sensitive to the audience. Teachers are performers in front of an audience. Some teachers don’t realize they have to reach their audience..

--Edward B. Burger

There is no more a math mind than there is a history or an English mind.

--Gloria Steinem 

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street.

--David Hilbert 

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