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Euclid’s Elements served as main text for teaching geometry for over 2,000 years.
  Greek mathematician known as the Father of Geometry (3rd century BC)
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  • Euclid’s Elements served as main text for teaching geometry for over 2,000 years.
  • The first day of school in September he writes on the blackboard three words which are to stay there the rest of the year, Euclid, geometry, idiot.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Because I first saw Phoebe on the day my father and I moved to Euclid, I began my story of Phoebe with the visit to the red-headed Margaret Cadaver’s, where I also met Mrs. Partridge, her elderly mother.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashioned plane geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time

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  • I’m inclined to agree with Euclid, I don’t think these two parallels will ever meet.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He could always reason things out if he had enough time, and he had read Euclid when he was five, but the test had a time limit so there wouldn’t be a chance to think.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "As our old friend Euclid says," murmured Poirot.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • If he can, then is it as marvellous a thing in him, as if a man were able simultaneously to go through the demonstrations of two distinct problems in Euclid.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It had always sounded strangely in my ears, like the word gnomon in the Euclid and the word simony in the Catechism.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • But oh, Diana, tomorrow the geometry exam comes off and when I think of it it takes every bit of determination I possess to keep from opening my Euclid.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables

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  • They took De Foe to their bosoms, instead of Euclid, and seemed to be on the whole more comforted by Goldsmith than by Cocker.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I have done some mathematics, including the first six and the eleventh and twelfth books of Euclid; and algebra as far as simple equations.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • With the same unerring instinct Mr. Stelling set to work at his natural method of instilling the Eton Grammar and Euclid into the mind of Tom Tulliver.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It had long been sought in vain, he said, to demonstrate the axiom known as Euclid’s fifth postulate and this search was the start of the crisis.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Here I saw both Socrates and Plato, who before the others stand nearest to him; Democritus, who ascribes the world to chance; Diogenes, Anaxagoras, and Thales, Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Zeno; and I saw the good collector of the qualities, Dioscorides, I mean; and I saw Orpheus, Tully, and Linus, and moral Seneca, Euclid the geometer, and Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen, and Averrhoes, who made the great comment.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • But you must note this: if God exists and if He really did create the world, then, as we all know, He created it according to the geometry of Euclid and the human mind with the conception of only three dimensions in space.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He regarded every public measure that came before him, a fellow Senator observed, as though it were an abstract proposition from Euclid, unfettered by considerations of political appeal.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Now, with a situation developing before his eyes which has always been notoriously difficult of solution—so difficult that it has been given a label and called the Eternal Triangle, as if it were a geometrical problem like the Pons Asinorum in Euclid—Arthur was only able to retreat It is generally the trustful and optimistic people who can afford to retreat.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Euclid P. Tinker?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Considering how much world there was to catch up with—Asurbanipal, Euclid, Alaric, Metternich, Madison, Blackhawk—if you didn’t devote your whole life to it, how were you ever going to do it?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • In 1621 a Latin translation was published of Diophantus’ Arithmetica which contained a complete compilation of the number theories that Pythagoras, Euclid, and other ancient mathematicians had formulated.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • University Circle, named for the turnaround of the Euclid Avenue trolley from downtown, was home to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the jewel of the neighborhood—Severance Hall The Georgian-style home of the Cleveland Orchestra—financed by John Long Severance, the son of John D. Rockefeller’s treasurer—was hailed as an architectural triumph and had hosted its first concert in 1931, with conductor Nikolai Sokoloff…
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Jose Faz would bring his son on errands to the Mart down on Euclid and Flores streets.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • We drove off campus and up Euclid, where many students lived in run-down wooden houses.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • "And human anatomy, I see, and Euclid’s Geometry, or are you just recopying the text?"
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • A huge, illuminated geodesic dome it is, providing an overhead view with which Euclid would have been pleased.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Recalling their youth, one of his brothers would describe Nathanael during lulls in the clamor of the foundry, seated near the great trip-hammer, a leather-bound volume of Euclid in hand, calmly studying.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Yet the introduction of this resistance produces so strong an impression of heartlessness nowadays that a distinguished critic has summed up the impression made on him by Mrs Warren’s Profession, by declaring that "the difference between the spirit of Tolstoy and the spirit of Mr Shaw is the difference between the spirit of Christ and the spirit of Euclid."
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • "I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid," he wrote, which was also an overstatement, but one certain to please his fellow classical scholar at Quincy.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The lord, the lady, and each man, save the frere, Saide, that Jankin spake in this mattere As well as Euclid, or as Ptolemy.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "I don’t think I am well, father," said Tom; "I wish you’d ask Mr. Stelling not to let me do Euclid; it brings on the toothache, I think."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She knew she could do Euclid, for she had looked into it again, and she saw what A B C meant; they were the names of the lines.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "Girls can’t do Euclid; can they, sir?"
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He paused a little to consider how he should pray about Euclid—whether he should ask to see what it meant, or whether there was any other mental state which would be more applicable to the case.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She was fascinated by Euclid’s discovery in about 300 BC that a perfect number is always a multiple of two numbers, in which one number is a power of 2 and the second consists of the difference between the next power of 2 and 1.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • In holding this conviction Mr. Stelling was not biassed, as some tutors have been, by the excessive accuracy or extent of his own scholarship; and as to his views about Euclid, no opinion could have been freer from personal partiality.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Life isn’t long enough to work out everything in Euclid problems before you believe it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He says anyone who doesn’t understand the theorems of Euclid is an idiot.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Sometimes I had glimpses of Grandma in the parlor, at the light end of the dark hallway, in her disconnection from us, waiting by herself beside the Crystal-Palace turret of the stove, in dipping bloomers and starched dress with hem as stiff as a line of Euclid.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Oh, Euclid, I suppose.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • It nearly killed him to buy white shirts and a suit for his new job in Euclid.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • Now, repeat after me, Anyone who doesn’t understand the theorems of Euclid is an idiot.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The fact that he got through his supines without mistake the next day, encouraged him to persevere in this appendix to his prayers, and neutralized any scepticism that might have arisen from Mr. Stelling’s continued demand for Euclid.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • When he came back, he said we were moving to Euclid.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • Sir, what’s a theorem and what’s a Euclid?
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • He said he would rent out the farm, hire someone to care for the animals and the crops, and rent a house for us in Euclid.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • I didn’t help pack, but when the time came, I climbed in the car and joined my father for our move to Euclid.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • The boy who wants to know something about the grace, elegance and beauty of Euclid can go nowhere but up.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Without Euclid, boys, mathematics would be a poor doddering thing.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Without Euclid we wouldn’t be able to go from here to there.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
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