Quotes by Carl Friedrich Gauss
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It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.

But in our opinion truths of this kind should be drawn from notions rather than from notations.
Source: About the proof of Wilsons theorem. Disquisitiones Arithmeticae (1801) 
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.
Source: Disquisitiones Arithmeticae (1801) 
If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and as continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
Source: The World of Mathematics (1956) 
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.

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.

The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.

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.

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.
Source: As quoted in The World of Mathematics (1956) 
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.

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.

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.
Source: Letter to Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1830) 
When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial. When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.

When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.
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