Karl Friedrich Gauss

1777 - 1855

A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss

His motto: Few, but ripe.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on humility and reality

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.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: Letter to Bessel, 1830.

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on art, laws, and nature

His second motto: Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy laws my services are bound. . . .

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: W. Shakespeare King Lear.

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on effort, grace, and success

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.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on practice and theory

Theory attracts practice as the magnet attracts iron.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: Foreword of H.B. Lübsen's geometry textbook.

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on satisfaction, time, words, and writing

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.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill inc., 1992.

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on certainty, faults, mathematics, and people

It may be true that people who are merely mathematicians have certain specific shortcomings; however, that is not the fault of mathematics, but is true of every exclusive occupation.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on death and wives

While working, when informed that his wife is dying: Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: Men of Mathematics, by E. T. Bell

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on god

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God does arithmetic.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on character, charm, discovery, simplicity, success, and theory

A great part of its [higher arithmetic] theories derives an additional charm from the peculiarity that important propositions, with the impress of simplicity on them, are often easily discovered by induction, and yet are of so profound a character that we cannot find the demonstrations till after many vain attempts; and even then, when we do succeed, it is often by some tedious and artificial process, while the simple methods may long remain concealed.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977.

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