It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry. **-E. W. Howe**

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

Men are liars. We'll lie about lying if we have to. I'm an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive. **-Tim Allen**

As long as algebra is taught in school, there will be prayer in school. **-Cokie Roberts**

I regard it in fact as the great advantage of the mathematical technique that it allows us to describe, by means of algebraic equations, the general character of a pattern even where we are ignorant of the numerical values which will determine its particular manifestation. **-Friedrich August von Hayek**

I've taught statistics, math courses and what I've found is that often if you teach them algebraically the formulas, you'll have one group of kids doing well. **-Robert Sternberg**

If there are four equations and only three variables, and no one of the equations is derivable from the others by algebraic manipulation then there is another variable missing. **-Talcott Parsons**

Around 1967 Dan Bobrow wrote a program to do algebra problems based on symbols rather than numbers. **-Marvin Minsky**

I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it. **-Diane Cilento**

At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics. On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book. **-John Pople**

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**

In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. **-Fran Lebowitz**

The fun little proofs that you can do with algebra – they are sort of like crowd pleasers in a way. Like, the .9 repeating equaling one. It doesn't take a lot of algebra to prove that, and it's really fun. It kind of wows people. It's like they're watching magic happen right before their eyes. **-Danica McKellar**

I probably dreamt about running off to America or something when I was 16 because it just seemed like I was studying algebra and going, 'What am I going to use this for?' **-Carey Mulligan**

I'm a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There's others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there's another type that's not a visual thinker at all, and they're the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics. **-Temple Grandin**

When I was at school, I was terrible at algebra and arithmetic, but I was always the best at English and literature. And acting, of course. **-Joan Collins**

When I went into the seminary, I was one of those victims of New Math and had not had Algebra I and had no idea what we were doing in New Math in the ninth grade. But when I went into the seminary, they had gone the traditional route and taught first-year algebra. **-Clarence Thomas**

I failed chemistry. I almost failed algebra. **-Taye Diggs**

In high school, I loved history. I also loved cosmography, algebra. Mexico is so rich in culture and history, and I have always enjoyed that. **-Carlos Slim**

Life isn't about algebra and geometry. Learning by making mistakes and not duplicating them is what life is about. **-Lindsay Fox**

As places of learning, schools have a responsibility to also educate on nutrition, which we all can agree is far more important than algebra, no matter what your third-period teacher claims. **-Lynda Resnick**

I was the happiest in English class, and algebra was where I cried. **-Shelley Hennig**

Texas Republican political leaders take perverse pride in how deeply they have cut our state's education budget. Thousands of teachers have been pulled from classrooms, schools have closed and valuable programs have been canceled. In many places, districts are forced to choose between prekindergarten programs and English, algebra and art. **-Wendy Davis**

As a graduate student I studied mathematics fairly broadly, and I was fortunate enough, besides developing the idea which led to 'Non-Cooperative Games,' also to make a nice discovery relating to manifolds and real algebraic varieties. **-John Forbes Nash, Jr.**

My favourite subjects at school were algebra and logic: making a big problem into something small. **-Mario Testino**

I got good grades in math, but I never really enjoyed it. My favorite part of math was algebra, but geometry was the worst. **-Nathan Kress**

Instead of five hundred thousand average algebra teachers, we need one good algebra teacher. We need that teacher to create software, videotape themselves, answer questions, let your computer or the iPad teach algebra… The hallmark of any good technology is that it destroys jobs. **-Michael J. Saylor**

I have always loved astronomy, and being an astronomer once lurked in the back of my mind. But I was never good at algebra. In fact, I flunked it twice in high school. **-Natalie Babbitt**

Psychology, unlike chemistry, unlike algebra, unlike literature, is an owner's manual for your own mind. It's a guide to life. What could be more important than grounding young people in the scientific information that they need to live happy, healthy, productive lives? To have good relationships? **-Daniel Goldstein**

Dr. Karel Culik is an outstanding applied mathematician, a specialist in algebra, logic, computer sciences and mathematical linguistics. In 1965, he visited the linguistics research program at MIT, and we have worked together on several projects since. **-Noam Chomsky**

Math just wasn't my favorite. I didn't get how important math is and how it relates to real life. That's why I think I was turned off to it. Once I got down arithmetic and a little bit of algebra, I think I checked out. As I've gotten older, I think there's a lot more relation to math. English was my favorite subject. **-Adam Rodriguez**

I still remember asking my high school guidance teacher for permission to take a second year of algebra instead of a fifth year of Latin. She looked down her nose at me and sneered, 'What lady would take mathematics instead of Latin?' **-Nancy Roman**

It is a curious historical fact that modern quantum mechanics began with two quite different mathematical formulations: the differential equation of Schroedinger and the matrix algebra of Heisenberg. The two apparently dissimilar approaches were proved to be mathematically equivalent. **-Richard P. Feynman**

I like – I love calculus. I love linear algebra, probability and statistics, that kind of stuff. I just really like that. **-Pardis Sabeti**

We may say most aptly that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves. **-Ada Lovelace**

I love algebra. Love it. **-Ken Cuccinelli**

When, in school, they were teaching algebra, I was studying differential equations at home. **-George Gamow**

I think I still like science and art better, but geometry is a big improvement over algebra. **-Laurie Hernandez**

African American students have less access to algebra and more access to seclusion and restraint than do their white peers. The significant disparity in educational resources has caused this problem of disparate discipline and disparate academic outcomes. **-Chaka Fattah**

I taught myself algebra and a little grammar, and somehow I scraped a high enough score on the ACT to be admitted to Brigham Young University, even though I had no formal education. **-Tara Westover**

I like science and mathematics. When I say mathematics, I don't mean algebra or math in that sense, but the mathematics of things. **-Gza**

The standard high school curriculum traditionally has been focused towards physics and engineering. So calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra have always been the most emphasized, and for good reason – these are very important. **-Terence Tao**

The math you need for most of finance is ninth-grade algebra, and most people feel reasonably comfortable with that. But I think the financial world there has been – I don't know if it's by design, or this is how it's evolved – there are bad actors who have wanted to obfuscate because you can benefit from the lack of transparency. **-Sal Khan**

A lot of times, when kids have problems with algebra or trigonometry, it has nothing to do with the subject matter, has nothing to do with their innate intelligence. It's just they that they had some gaps in elementary school that they never got to fill in. **-Sal Khan**

I grew up with plenty of smart people. They would beat me at chess; they could solve brain teasers before I could, but then they would struggle in algebra. These were incredibly smart people who simply did not have the foundation in math that I had. **-Sal Khan**

Education is not an end to itself. You need to know algebra but also how to navigate the world. **-Sal Khan**

When I entered Harvard, my background was mostly combinatorics and algebra. **-Maryam Mirzakhani**