Algebra Quotes

I failed chemistry. I almost failed algebra.
Taye Diggs 
Through algebra you easily arrive at equations, but always to pass therefrom to the elegant constructions and demonstrations which usually result by means of the method of porisms is not so easy, nor is one's ingenuity and power of invention so greatly exercised and refined in this analysis.
Isaac Newton

Von Neumann languages do not have useful properties for reasoning about programs. Axiomatic and denotational semantics are precise tools for describing and understanding conventional programs, but they only talk about them and cannot alter their ungainly properties. Unlike von Neumann languages, the language of ordinary algebra is suitable both for stating its laws and for transforming an equation into its solution, all within the "language."
John Backus 
We think only through the medium of words. Languages are true analytical methods. Algebra, which is adapted to its purpose in every species of expression, in the most simple, most exact, and best manner possible, is at the same time a language and an analytical method. The art of reasoning is nothing more than a language well arranged.
Antoine Lavoisier 
Languages are true analytical methods. Algebra, the means of expression which is the simplest, most exact and best adapted to its object, is both a language and an analytical method. In short, the art of reasoning can be reduced to a wellconstructed.
Antoine Lavoisier 
As long as algebra is taught in school, there will be prayer in school.
Cokie Roberts 
The last trumpet ever to be sounded shall blow even algebra to wreck.
Charles Dickens 
[On refusing to do nude movie scenes:] There are certain people who should know what you look like naked. I just don't think your highschool algebra teacher should be one of them.
Julia Roberts

Compliment is taken literally only by the savage. The accuracy of compliment is not that of algebra.
W. C. Brownell 
Algebra applies to the clouds.
Victor Hugo 
We may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.
William Kingdon Clifford 
I do not believe there is anything useful which men can know with exactitude that they cannot know by arithmetic and algebra.
Nicolas Malebranche 
I knew how many zeroes there were in a quintillion, but I thought that algebra lived in ponds.
Gavin Extence 
As for methods I have sought to give them all the rigour that one requires in geometry, so as never to have recourse to the reasons drawn from the generality of algebra.
AugustinLouis Cauchy

Algebra is a general Method of Computation by certain signs and symbols which have been contrived for the Purpose, and found convenient.
Colin Maclaurin 
The fools think I am writing algebra but what I am really writing is geometry.
Ernest Hemingway 
You're brilliant? Say something in algebra.
Phil Silvers 
On sighting mathematicians poetry should unhook the algebra from their minds and replace it with poetry; on sighting poets it should unhook poetry from their minds and replace it with algebra.
Brian Patten 
Magic has a logic, like algebra. Once you get to know it, it's easy. If this, then that. You write with a pencil, you don't make frog soup with it.
Catherynne M. Valente 
Dear Algebra, stop asking us to find your X, she’s not coming back
Woody Paige

Algebra goes to the heart of the matter at it ignores the casual nature of particular cases.
Edward Charles Titchmarsh 
Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.
Stephen Covey 
It is the facts that matter, not the proofs. Physics can progress without the proofs, but we can't go on without the facts ... if the facts are right, then the proofs are a matter of playing around with the algebra correctly.
Richard Feynman 
The assumption that the square of a unit vector is positive unity leads to an algebra whose characteristic quantities are nonassociative.
Cargill Gilston Knott