Talk:Carl Friedrich Gauss

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  • God does arithmetic.
  • If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and as continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
  • Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
    • On his engagement to his first wife.
  • Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
  • The total number of Dirichlet's publications is not large: jewels are not weighed on a grocery scale.
  • When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial. When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.
  • I had always regarded my situation in w:Brunswick as interimistic, that it would have to change sooner or later. ("Meine Lage in Braunschweig hatte ich von jeher nur als eine interimistische betrachtet, die sich über kurz oder lang verändern müßte.", 20 May 1808)
  • Few, but ripe. ("Pauca sed matura." - His Motto)