„The centre of gravity of any parallelogram lies on the straight line joining the middle points of opposite sides.“

—  Archimedes, buch On the Equilibrium of Planes

Book 1, Proposition 9.
On the Equilibrium of Planes

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„The centre of gravity of a parallelogram is the point of intersection of its diagonals.“

—  Archimedes, buch On the Equilibrium of Planes

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„The centre of gravity of any cylinder is the point of bisection of the axis.“

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„The centre of gravity of any cone is [the point which divides its axis so that] the portion [adjacent to the vertex is] triple“

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„A circle is a round straight line with a hole in the middle.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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„Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, buch Parerga und Paralipomena

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„We hang on to every line,
And walk straight down the middle of it.“

—  Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958

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„A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.“

—  Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007

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„In philosophy, as in politics, the longest distance between two points is a straight line.“

—  Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981

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„The straight line is regarded as the shortest distance between two people, as if they were points.“

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„To avoid any assertion about the infinitude of the straight line, Euclid says a line segment“

—  Morris Kline American mathematician 1908 - 1992

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