Quote for the Week

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. [Wahrlich es ist nicht das Wissen, sondern das Lernen, nicht das Besitzen sondern das Erwerben, nicht das Da-Seyn, sondern das Hinkommen, was den grössten Genuss gewährt.] 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.

–Carl Friedrich Gauss, Letter to Farkas Bolyai (2 September 1808); courtesy of Wikiquote.

Posted on 31/01/2021, in quote of the week, quotes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for providing this fascinating and meaningful quotation. I realize there is a lot that I do not understand that people in that era and location wrote and said. However, the profound truth of this is evident.

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