„A circle looks at a square and sees a badly made circle.“

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American writer 1968

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„The square is spiritually charged. It is the product of mankind, it is not copied from nature like the circle.“

—  Roger Raveel painter 1921 - 2013
version in original Flemish (citaat van Roger Raveel, in het Vlaams): Het vierkant is een geestelijk geladen ding. Het is het product van de mens, het is niet afgekeken van de natuur zoals de cirkel. Quote of Raveel, from his interview in the Dutch newspaper N.R.C., 1991; as cited by Din Pieters in 'Raveel: het vierkant als onbeschreven blad' https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/1996/01/05/raveel-het-vierkant-als-onbeschreven-blad-7294323-a1018022, in N.R.C.-online, 5 Jan. 1996 (translation: Fons Heijnsbroek)

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„The universe was made on purpose, the circle said.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Context: The universe was made on purpose, the circle said. In whatever galaxy you happen to find yourself, you take the circumference of a circle, divide it by its diameter, measure closely enough, and uncover a miracle — another circle, drawn kilometers downstream of the decimal point. There would be richer messages farther in. It doesn't matter what you look like, or what you're made of, or where you come from. As long as you live in this universe, and have a modest talent for mathematics, sooner or later you'll find it. It's already here. It's inside everything. You don't have to leave your planet to find it. In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature. Standing over humans, gods, and demons, subsuming Caretakers and Tunnel builders, there is an intelligence that antedates the universe. Chapter 24 (p. 431)

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„A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Context: A beauty is not suddenly in a circle. It comes with rapture. A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle. "A Circular Play," from Last Operas and Plays (1949) [written in 1920]

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„No one ever squared the circle with so much genius, or, excepting his principal object, with so much success.“

—  Jean-Étienne Montucla French mathematician 1725 - 1799
Attributed to Montucla in Augustus De Morgan, A Budget of Paradoxes, (London, 1872), p. 96; Cited in: Robert Edouard Moritz. Memorabilia mathematica; or, The philomath's quotation-book, (1914) p. 366 About Gregory St. Vincent, described by De Morgan as "the greatest of circle-squarers, and his investigations led him into many truths: he found the property of the arc of the hyperbola which led to Napier's logarithms being called hyperbolic."

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„There are countless circles of hell; believers never penetrate the ninth circle.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
“Inferno,” p. 151 I wanted to write the most beautiful poem but that is impossible; the world has written its own. “The Most Beautiful Poem,” (front inside book jacket)

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