Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics.
The total number of Dirichlet's publications is not large: jewels are not weighed on a grocery scale.
If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. Quoted in G Simmons Calculus Gems (New York 1992).
God does arithmetic.
I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. Quoted in A Arber The Mind and the Eye 1954.
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. Letter to Bolyai, 1808.
Finally, two days ago, I succeeded - not on account of my hard efforts,but by the grace of the Lord. Like a sudden flash of lightning, the riddle was solved. I am unable to say what was the conducting thread that connected what I previously knew with what made my success possible. Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Squared (Boston 1972).
To what heights would science now be raised if Archimedes had made that discovery! [= the decimal system of numeration or its equivalent (with some base other than 10)]