30 Great Galileo Galilei Quotes

30 Great Galileo Galilei Quotes

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Galileo Galilei was a mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher during the Renaissance that paved the way for modern science. His contribution to the scientific world was the confirmation of the phases of Venus with his improved telescope. He was also one of the first to observe and analyze sunspots. He died in 1642 at the age of 77.

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

“And yet it moves.”

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.”

“I esteem myself happy to have as great an ally as you in my search for truth.”

“I have been pronounced by the Holy Office to be vehemently suspected of heresy, that is to say, of having held and believed that the Sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center and moves: Therefore, desiring to remove from the minds of your Eminences, and of all faithful Christians, this vehement suspicion, justly conceived against me, with sincere heart and unfeigned faith I abjure, curse, and detest the aforesaid errors and heresies, and generally every other error, heresy, and sect whatsoever contrary to the said Holy Church.”

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

“In time you may discover everything that can be discovered, and still your progress will only be progress away from humanity. The distance between you and them can one day become so great that your joyous cry over some new gain could be answered by an universal shriek of horror.”

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.”

“It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.
its expounders and interpreters are liable to err in many ways.”

“let us see how it might be demonstrated that in a finite continuous extension it is not impossible for infinitely many voids to be found.”

“Light held together by moisture.”

“Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.”

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.”

“My dear Kepler, what would you say of the learned here, who, replete with the pertinacity of the asp, have steadfastly refused to cast a glance through the telescope? What shall we make of this? Shall we laugh, or shall we cry?”

“Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.”

“Nature … is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws imposed upon her, or cares a whit whether her abstruse reasons and methods of operation are understandable to men.”

“Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.”

“Passion is the genesis of genius.”

“Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written.”

“See now the power of truth.”

“The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.”

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”

“They seemed to forget that the increase of known truths stimulates the investigation, establishment and growth of the arts; not their dimination or destruction.”

“This bounded terminal speed will be called the maximum that such a heavy body can naturally attain through the air.
To apply oneself to great inventions, starting from the smallest beginnings, is no task for ordinary minds; to divine that wonderful arts lie hid behind trivial and childish things is a
conception for superhuman talents.”

“We must say that there are as many squares as there are numbers.”

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

“With regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them.”

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it within himself.”