The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.

— Paul Halmos

## Colossal Math Love quotations

I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

You know, I loved math. My mom was a math teacher.

My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.

### I don't think they understand it's as important as math and science.

It rounds you out as a person. I think it gives you a love of certain things. You don't have to become the next great composer. It's just nice to have heard certain things or to have seen certain things. It's part of being a human being.

If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.

Mathematics is as much an aspect of culture as it is a collection of algorithms.

What I really need is a woman who loves me for my money but doesn't understand math.

### What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered.

Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.

### Most of the time I liked school and got good grades.

In junior high, though, I hit a stumbling block with math - I used to come home and cry because of how frustrated I was! But after a few good teachers and a lot of perseverance, I ended up loving math and even choosing it as a major when I got to college.

Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.

The pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit.

The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.

Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated.

By the end of an intense four years at UCLA, I had co-authored a new math proof, which the media, in fact, loved. As it turned out, math itself blazed my entry back into the spotlight and consequently into wonderful acting jobs like 'The West Wing' and others. You just never know, do you?

Quadratic reciprocity is the song of love in the land of prime numbers.

### People love to admit they have bad handwriting or that they can't do math.

And they will readily admit to being awkward: 'I'm such a klutz!' But they will never admit to having a poor sense of humor or being a bad driver.

It is not the job of mathematicians... to do correct arithmetical operations. It is the job of bank accountants.

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

### If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics;

for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.

Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas.

I love mathematics...principally because it is beautiful; because man has breathed his spirit of play into it, and because it has given him his greatest game the encompassing of the infinite.

### I was OK in school, but I always missed a lot because I was playing so much.

But if I'd stuck at it I imagine that I'd be doing something financial or economical. Finance always attracted me, even though maths was always a bit of a love-hate relationship. I would have tried playing football, but I don't think I'd have made it.

### Mathematics is the only good metaphysics.

I was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken when my math teacher said, "You're failing in school, you're messing up, why don't you just try this?" I said, "Alright, let me try it," and I started going to acting classes and I loved it. I thought, "I may not make it but I love doing it."

I did math in school, obviously. And I loved all my math teachers.

Still more astonishing is that world of rigorous fantasy which we call mathematics.

If I'm teaching girls that do love to make cookies and do love fashion - that they can use math as a part of that - you think that's me saying, come on girls you belong in the kitchen, you belong shopping? Or, do you think it's me showing them how math is part of all their life, even the part they thought it had nothing to do with?

If you love math, have a knack for numbers, study hard and become a successful accountant; who cares if you can't draw a straight line or sing on key?

### You can't plan the kind of deep love that results in children.

Fatherhood was not a conscious decision. It was part of the wonderful ride I was on. All the math finally worked.

One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren't usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It's structures and patterns, and that's what we love, and that's what we get off on.

I love acting. Acting is a true love of mine, acting and math. Although they are both creative, they use very different sides of your brain. And I love both. Acting is my first love, and that's my main career, it really is.

### I was excellent at English and Drama.

Maths and Science I was terrible at. I didn't have any interest in them. I was happiest at lunchtime, playing with my friends. But I love science now, that's the funny thing. And I'd be so good at geography, as I've been fortunate enough to travel the world.

I love math. I have little secret number tattoos everywhere. I design them.