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

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.

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.

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

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.

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.

Response, when asked how he came upon his theorems.

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

There have been only three epoch-making mathematicians, Archimedes, Newton, and Eisenstein.

That this subject [of imaginary magnitudes] has hitherto been considered from the wrong point of view and surrounded by a mysterious obscurity, is to be attributed largely to an ill-adapted notation. If, for example, +1, -1, and the square root of -1 had been called direct, inverse and lateral units, instead of positive, negative and imaginary (or even impossible), such an obscurity would have been out of the question.

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.

Does the pursuit of truth give you as much pleasure as before? Surely it is not the knowing but the learning, not the possessing but the acquiring, not the being-there but the getting there that afford the greatest satisfaction. If I have exhausted something, I leave it in order to go again into the dark. Thus is that insatiable man so strange: when he has completed a structure it is not in order to dwell in it comfortably, but to start another.

Theory attracts practice as the magnet attracts iron.

Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and arithmetic [number theory] is the queen of mathematics. She often condescends to render service to astronomy and other natural sciences, but in all relations, she is entitled to first rank.

Mathematics is the queen of science, and arithmetic the queen of mathematics.

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. Likewise a mere linguist, a mere jurist, a mere soldier, a mere merchant, and so forth. One could add such idle chatter that when a certain exclusive occupation is often connected with certain specific shortcomings, it is on the other hand always free of certain other shortcomings.

I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.

Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.

You have no idea, how much poetry there is in the calculation of a table of logarithms!

Ask her to wait a moment I am almost done.

Mathematical discoveries, like springtime violets in the woods, have their season which no human can hasten or retard.

The higher arithmetic presents us with an inexhaustible store of interesting truths - of truths, too, which are not isolated, but stand in a close internal connection, and between which, as our knowledge increases, we are continually discovering new and sometimes wholly unexpected ties.

If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.

Mathematics is the queen of the sciences

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.

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