27 Most Famous Sir Isaac Newton Quotes

27 Most Famous Sir Isaac Newton Quotes

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Sir Isaac Newton was a mathematician and physicist from Lincolnshire, England. He is considered the most influential scientist of all time due to his publication Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which was published 1687. He died on March 20, 1726 at the age of 84.

“A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.”

“About the Time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and

“Bullialdus wrote that all force respecting ye Sun as its center & depending on matter must be reciprocally in a duplicate ratio of ye distance from ye center.”

“Errors are not in the art but in the artificers.”

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

“I am ashamed to tell you to how many figures I carried these computations, having no other business at the time.”

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a
prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

“I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from phenomena, and I frame no hypotheses.”

“I have studied these things — you have not.”

“I keep the subject constantly before me, and wait ’till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.”

“If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.”

“If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants.”

“I’m kind of obsessed with that song, I’ve used it in almost every project I’ve done, … I can’t get over it. I own 30 versions of it.”

“It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded.”

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.”

“Oh Diamond! Diamond! Thou little knowest the mischief done! (Said to a pet dog who knocked over a candle and set fire to his papers.”

“Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.”

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”

“This most beautiful system [The Universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”

“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.”

“To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty, & leave the rest for others that come after you, than
to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.”

“To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.”

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”

“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

“Where both are friends, it is right to prefer truth.”