Quotes by: Carl Friedrich Gauss
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss 
Carl Friedrich Gauß (1777–1855), painted by Christian Albrecht Jensen

Born 
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
(17770430)30 April 1777
Brunswick, Duchy of BrunswickWolfenbüttel, Holy Roman Empire 
Died 
23 February 1855(18550223) (aged 77)
Göttingen, Kingdom of Hanover 
Residence 
Kingdom of Hanover 
Nationality 
German 
Fields 
Mathematics and physics 
Institutions 
University of Göttingen 
Alma mater 
University of Helmstedt 
Thesis 
Demonstratio nova... (1799) 
Doctoral advisor 
Johann Friedrich Pfaff 
Other academic advisors 
Johann Christian Martin Bartels 
Doctoral students 
Johann Listing
Christian Ludwig Gerling
Richard Dedekind
Bernhard Riemann
Christian Peters
Moritz Cantor 
Other notable students 
Johann Encke
Christoph Gudermann
Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet
Gotthold Eisenstein
Carl Wolfgang Benjamin Goldschmidt
Gustav Kirchhoff
Ernst Kummer
August Ferdinand Möbius
L. C. Schnürlein
Julius Weisbach 
Known for 
See full list 
Influenced 
Friedrich Bessel
Sophie Germain
Ferdinand Minding 
Notable awards 
Lalande Prize (1810)
Copley Medal (1838) 

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
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
The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.
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
When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.
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
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
I am coming more and more to the conviction that the necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated, at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect.
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
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
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
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
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
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