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“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.”
 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.”
 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.”
 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.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Theory attracts practice as the magnet attracts iron.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Ask her to wait a moment I am almost done.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Mathematics is the queen of the sciences”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Response, when asked how he came upon his theorems.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Mathematical discoveries, like springtime violets in the woods, have their season which no human can hasten or retard.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“As is well known the principle of virtual velocities transforms all statics into a mathematical assignment, and by D'Alembert's principle for dynamics, the latter is again reduced to statics. Although it is is very much in order that in gradual training of science and in the instruction of the individual the easier precedes the more difficult, the simple precedes the more complicated, the special precedes the general, yet the min, once it has arrived at the higher standpoint, demands the reverse process whereby all statics appears only as a very special case of mechanics.”
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“My young friend, I wish that science would intoxicate you as much as our good Göttingen beer! Upon seeing a student staggering down a street.”
 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. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again; the neversatisfied man is so strange if he has completed a structure, then it is not in order to dwell in it peacefully,but in order to begin another. I imagine the world conqueror must feel thus, who, after one kingdom is scarcely conquered, stretches out his arms for others.”
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“...as our friend Zach has often noted, in our days those who do the best for astronomy are not the salaried university professors, but socalled dillettanti, physicians, jurists, and so forth.Lamenting the fragmentary time left to a professor has remaining after fulfilling his teaching duties.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.”
 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 thirtyfive years.”
 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.”
 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.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.”
 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.”
 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.”
 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.”
 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.”
 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.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Does the pursuit of truth give you as much pleasure as before? Surely it is not the knowing but the learning, not the possessing but the acquiring, not the beingthere but the getting there that afford the greatest satisfaction. If I have exhausted something, I leave it in order to go again into the dark. Thus is that insatiable man so strange: when he has completed a structure it is not in order to dwell in it comfortably, but to start another.”
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“[On Sophie Germain] When a person of the sex which, according to our customs and prejudices, must encounter infinitely more difficulties than men... succeeds nevertheless in surmounting these obstacles and penetrating the most obscure parts of [number theory], then without doubt she must have the noblest courage, quite extraordinary talents and superior genius.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“For three days now this angel, almost too heavenly for earth has been my fiancée ... Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant colours. Upon his engagement to Johanne Osthof of Brunswick; they married 9 Oct 1805.”
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“I have the vagary of taking a lively interest in mathematical subjects only where I may anticipate ingenious association of ideas and results recommending themselves by elegance or generality.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“Arc, amplitude, and curvature sustain a similar relation to each other as time, motion, and velocity, or as volume, mass, and density.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
“By explanation the scientist understands nothing except the reduction to the least and simplest basic laws possible, beyond which he cannot go, but must plainly demand them; from them however he deduces the phenomena absolutely completely as necessary.”
 Carl Friedrich Gauss