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Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
Finally, two days ago, I succeeded - not on account of my hard efforts, but by the grace of the Lord. Like a sudden flash of lightning, the riddle was solved. I am unable to say what was the conducting thread that connected what I previously knew with what made my success possible.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
Further, the dignity of the science itself seems to require that every possible means be explored for the solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
God does arithmetic.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
I am coming more and more to the conviction that the necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated, at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and as continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
There are problems to whose solution I would attach an infinitely greater importance than to those of mathematics, for example touching ethics, or our relation to God, or concerning our destiny and our future; but their solution lies wholly beyond us and completely outside the province of science.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work... coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty-five years.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
To such idle talk it might further be added: that whenever a certain exclusive occupation is coupled with specific shortcomings, it is likewise almost certainly divorced from certain other shortcomings.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
We must admit with humility that, while number is purely a product of our minds, space has a reality outside our minds, so that we cannot completely prescribe its properties a priori.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial. When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss
You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.
Quotation of Carl Friedrich Gauss