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Theory attracts practice as the magnet attracts iron.
—  Karl Friedrich Gauss
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
His second motto: Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy laws my services are bound.
—  Karl Friedrich Gauss
If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and as continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
—  Karl 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.
—  Karl 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 never-satisfied 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.
—  Karl 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.
—  Karl Friedrich Gauss
I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.
—  Karl Friedrich Gauss

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