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71 Inspiring Quotes by Galileo Galilei

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Galileo Galilei

Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei (Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]; 15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath, from Pisa. Galileo has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of the scientific method", and the "father of modern science".

Galileo studied speed and velocity, gravity and free fall, the principle of relativity, inertia, projectile motion and also worked in applied science and technology, describing the properties of pendulums and "hydrostatic balances". He invented the thermoscope and various military compasses, and used the telescope for scientific observations of celestial objects. His contributions to observational astronomy include telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, observation of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, observation of Saturn's rings, and analysis of sunspots.

Galileo's championing of Copernican heliocentrism (Earth rotating daily and revolving around the sun) met with opposition from within the Catholic Church and from some astronomers. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was foolish, absurd, and heretical since it contradicted Holy Scripture.

Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated both the Pope and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", and forced to recant. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest. During this time, he wrote Two New Sciences (1638), primarily concerning kinematics and the strength of materials, summarizing work he had done around forty years earlier.

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But some, besides allegiance to their original error, possess I know not what fanciful interest in remaining hostile not so much toward the things in question as toward their discoverer.

--Galileo Galilei

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Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.

--Galileo Galilei


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The Universe is a grand book which cannot be read until one first learns to comprehend the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics.

--Galileo Galilei

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For my part I consider the earth very noble and admirable precisely because of the diverse alterations, changes, generations, etc. that occur in it incessantly.

--Galileo Galilei

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Being infinitely amazed, so do I give thanks to God, Who has been pleased to make me the first observer of marvelous things, unrevealed to bygone ages.

--Galileo Galilei

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

--Galileo Galilei

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The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.

--Galileo Galilei

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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.

--Galileo Galilei


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Nature's great book is written in mathematics.

--Galileo Galilei







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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.

--Galileo Galilei




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Holy Scripture could never lie or err...its decrees are of absolute and inviolable truth.

--Galileo Galilei

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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.

--Galileo Galilei

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God is known by nature in his works, and by doctrine in his revealed word.

--Galileo Galilei

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

--Galileo Galilei




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And, believe me, if I were again beginning my studies, I should follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.

--Galileo Galilei

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The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics.

--Galileo Galilei

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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it himself.

--Galileo Galilei


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The doctrine that the earth is neither the center of the universe nor immovable, but moves even with a daily rotation, is absurd, and both philosophically and theologically false, and at the least an error of faith.

--Galileo Galilei


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Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

--Galileo Galilei


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If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.

--Galileo Galilei

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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.

--Galileo Galilei

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I would beg the wise and learned fathers of the church to consider with all diligence the difference which exists between matters of mere opinion and matters of demonstration.

--Galileo Galilei

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Holy Writ was intended to teach men how to go to Heaven not how the heavens go.

--Galileo Galilei

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The laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics...the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word.

--Galileo Galilei




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

--Galileo Galilei


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The greatest wisdom is to get to know oneself.

--Galileo Galilei

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

--Galileo Galilei



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And yet it moves.

--Galileo Galilei



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Well, since paradoxes are at hand, 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.

--Galileo Galilei

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He who looks the higher is the more highly distinguished, and turning over the great book of nature (which is the proper object of philosophy) is the way to elevate one's gaze.

--Galileo Galilei

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

--Galileo Galilei

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Nothing physical which sense-experience sets before our eyes, or which necessary demonstrations prove to us, ought to be called in question (much less condemned) upon the testimony of biblical passages.

--Galileo Galilei


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If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.

--Galileo Galilei

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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.

--Galileo Galilei


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Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.

--Galileo Galilei


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I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, I curse and detest the said errors and heresies, and generally all and every error and sect contrary to the Holy Catholic Church.

--Galileo Galilei

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See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.

--Galileo Galilei

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But let us remember that we are dealing with infinities and indivisibles both of which transcend our finite understanding, the former on account of their magnitude, the latter because of their smallness.

--Galileo Galilei

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

--Galileo Galilei


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Wine is sunlight, held together by water.

--Galileo Galilei

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Scripture is a book about going to Heaven. It's not a book about how the heavens go.

--Galileo Galilei

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I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

--Galileo Galilei

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