8 Quotes by Galileo Galilei on Nature, God, Wisdom and Learning

Galileo Galilei – Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes- I mean the universe

  • “Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe.”
  • “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.”
  • “What greater stupidity can be imagined than that of calling jewels, silver, and gold “precious,” and earth and soil “base”? People who do this ought to remember that if there were as great a scarcity of soil as of jewels or precious metals, there would not be a prince who would not spend a bushel of diamonds and rubies and a cartload of gold just to have enough earth to plant a jasmine in a little pot, or to sow an orange seed and watch it sprout, grow, and produce its handsome leaves, its fragrant flowers, and fine fruit.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means detaches us from an excessive love of Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine.”
  • “I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”
  • “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”

Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)

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