Madam, I have come from a country where people are hanged if they talk.

Leonhard Euler— In Berlin, to the Queen Mother of Prussia, on his lack of conversation in his meeting with her, on his return from Russia; as quoted in

— Variant: Madame... I have come from a country where one can be hanged for what one says.

Now I will have less distraction.

Leonhard Euler— Upon losing the use of his right eye; as quoted in

Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.

Leonhard Euler— As quoted in

Since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise Creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear ... there is absolutely no doubt that every affect in the universe can be explained satisfactorily from final causes, by the aid of the method of maxima and minima, as it can be from the effective causes themselves ... Of course, when the effective causes are too obscure, but the final causes are readily ascertained, the problem is commonly solved by the indirect method...

Leonhard Euler— As quoted in

To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be.

Leonhard Euler— As quoted in

La construction d'une machine propre à exprimer tous les sons de nos paroles , avec toutes les articulations , seroit sans-doute une découverte bien importante. ... La chose ne me paroît pas impossible.

Leonhard Euler— It would be a considerable invention indeed, that of a machine able to mimic speech, with its sounds and articulations. ... I think it is not impossible.

— Letter to Friederike Charlotte of Brandenburg-Schwedt (16 June 1761)

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— As quoted in

Quanquam nobis in intima naturae mysteria penetrare, indeque veras caussas Phaenomenorum agnoscere neutiquam est concessum: tamen evenire potest, ut hypothesis quaedam ficta pluribus phaenomenis explicandis aeque satisfaciat, ac si vera caussa nobis esset perspecta.

Leonhard Euler— Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.

— §1.

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