“I have seen the library and I am confident that it will provide me with a not inconsiderable contribution to my happy existence in Göttingen.“
(Gauss in a letter to Zimmermann in Brunswick, from Küssner, 1979, p. 48)
Gauss, in an address at celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the conferral of his doctorate:
“Trite phrases have never been worth anything in Göttingen,“ ...
(quot. from W. Sartorius v. Waltershausen, 1856 repr. 1965, p. 69)
“Whether I apply mathematics to a few lumps of dirt that we call planets or to pure arithmetical problems, it comes to the same thing, only I find the latter simply more exciting.“
(quot. from W. Sartorius v. Waltershausen, 1856 repr. 1965, p. 101/102)