"As is well known the principle of virtual velocities transforms all statics into a mathematical assignment, and by D'Alembert's principle for dynamics, the latter is again reduced to statics. Although it is is very much in order that in gradual training of science and in the instruction of the individual the easier precedes the more difficult, the simple precedes the more complicated, the special precedes the general, yet the min, once it has arrived at the higher standpoint, demands the reverse process whereby all statics appears only as a very special case of mechanics."

Born: April 30, 1777

Die: February 23, 1855

Occupation: Mathematician

His second motto: Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy laws my services are bound.

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

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

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

I protest against the use of infinite magnitude ..., which is never permissible in mathematics.

Mathematics is concerned only with the enumeration and comparison of relations.

Is there not a sort of remorse that precedes sin? Was it remorse at the very fact that I existed?

In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.

The step of obedience always precedes revelation. That pattern is evident all through the Scripture.

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss