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Carl Friedrich Gauss Quotes
German

Mathematician
April 30
, 1777 
February 23
, 1855
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Learning
,
Getting
,
Which
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Spring
,
Eternal
,
Stands
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
May
,
Other
,
Occupation
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Writing
,
Far
,
I Write
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Stand
,
Shoulders
,
Other
When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Away
,
Again
,
Subject
The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Reveal
,
Go
,
Enchanting
I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Had
,
Them
,
Am
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Product
,
Purely
,
We Cannot
When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial. When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
True
,
Trivial
,
Philosopher
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Lawyers
,
Set
,
Half
God does arithmetic.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
God
,
Does
,
Arithmetic
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
More
,
Intellect
,
Least
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Possible
,
Means
,
Require
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
The Most Important
,
Prime
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 thirtyfive years.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mind
,
Which
,
Amount
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.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Other
,
Occupation
,
Certainly
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