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    Wine is sunlight, held together by water.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: water 
     
    Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: fail 
     
    In regard to the philosophers, if they be true philosophers, i.e., lovers of truth, they should not be irritated that the earth moves. Rather, if they realize that they have held a false belief, they should thank those have shown them the truth; and if their opinion stands firm that the earth doesn't move, they will have reason to boast than be angered.
    — Galileo Galilei
    I have been judged vehemently suspect of heresy, that is, of having held and believed that the sun in the centre of the universe and immoveable, and that the earth is not at the center of same, and that it does move. Wishing however, to remove from the minds of your Eminences and all faithful Christians this vehement suspicion reasonably conceived against me, I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, I curse and detest the said errors and heresies, and generally all and every error, heresy, and sect contrary to the Holy Catholic Church. (Quoted in Shea and Artigas 194)
    — Galileo Galilei
    The surface of the Moon is not smooth, uniform, and precisely spherical as a great number of philosophers believe it to be, but is uneven, rough, and full of cavities and prominences, being not unlike the face of the Earth, relieved by chains of mountains and deep valleys.
    — Galileo Galilei
    The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: bible  heaven 
     
    In my studies of astronomy and philosophy I hold this opinion about the universe, that the Sun remains fixed in the centre of the circle of heavenly bodies, without changing its place; and the Earth, turning upon itself, moves round the Sun.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Take note, theologians, that in your desire to make matters of faith out of propositions relating to the fixity of sun and earth you run the risk of eventually having to condemn as heretics those who would declare the earth to stand still and the sun to change position-eventually, I say, at such a time as it might be physically or logically proved that the earth moves and the sun stands still.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: desires  time  earth  risk  faith 
     
    Philosophy itself cannot but benefit from our disputes, for if our conceptions prove true, new achievements will be made; if false, their refutation will further confirm the original doctrines.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Among the great men who have philosophized about [the action of the tides], the one who surprised me most is Kepler. He was a person of independent genius, [but he] became interested in the action of the moon on the water, and in other occult phenomena, and similar childishness.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: men  people  action  moon  water  genius 
     
    Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything new.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Being beautiful is not in the way you dress nor on the pigments you put in your face. Being beautiful is being simple.All girls are insecure, they may not show it, but they are, every girl believes that they have a 'defect' but honestly, you don't! every girl is beautiful, no matter what she wears, what she looks like, or how her body is. don't worry about that senseless stuff, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.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
    Scripture is a book about going to Heaven. It's not a book about how the heavens go.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: book  heaven 
     
    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
    tags: beauty  facts 
     
    Philosophy [nature] is written in that great book which ever is 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. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.
    — Galileo Galilei
    I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Vision, I say, is related to light itself. But of this sensation and the things pertaining to it, I pretend to understand but little; and since even a long time would not suffice to explain that trifle, or even to hint at an explanation, I pass over this in silence.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: time  silence  vision 
     
    Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: nature  men  action 
     
    The deeper I go in considering the vanities of popular reasoning, the lighter and more foolish I find them. What greater stupidity can be imagined than that of calling jewels, silver, and gold "precious," and earth and soil "base"?
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: earth  stupidity 
     
    Some, merely to contradict what I had said, did not scruple to cast doubt upon things they had seen with their own eyes again and again.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: doubt  eyes 
     
    See now the power of truth.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: truth  power 
     
    To command their professors of astronomy to refute their own observations is to command them not to see what they do see and not to understand what they do understand.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Nature is written in mathematical language.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: nature  language 
     
    Oh, my dear Kepler, how I wish that we could have one hearty laugh together. Here, at Padua, is the principal professor of philosophy, whom I have repeatedly and urgently requested to look at the moon and planets through my glass, [telescope] which he pertinaciously refuses to do. Why are you not here? what shouts of laughter we should have at this glorious folly! and to hear the professor of philosophy at Pisa laboring before the grand duke with logical arguments, as if with magical incantations, to charm the new planets out of the sky.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Showing a greater fondness for their own opinions than for truth, they sought to deny and disprove the new things which, if they had cared to look for themselves, their own senses would have demonstrated to them.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: truth  opinion 
     
    I believe that the intention of Holy Writ was to persuade men of the truths necessary to salvation; such as neither science nor other means could render credible, but only the voice of the Holy Spirit.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: truth  men  believe  holy  spirit 
     
    The hypothesis is pretty; its only fault is that it is neither demonstrated nor demonstrable. Who does not see that this is purely arbitrary fiction that puts nothingness as existing and proposes nothing more than simple noncontradiciton?
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: fiction 
     
    The earth, in fair and grateful exchange, pays back to the moon an illumination similar to that which it receives from her throughout nearly all the darkest gloom of the night.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: earth  night  moon 
     
    It is necessary for the Bible, in order to be accommodated to the understanding of every man, to speak many things which appear to differ from the absolute truth so far as the bare meaning of the words is concerned.
    — Galileo Galilei
    It is very pious to say and prudent to affirm that the holy Bible can never speak untruth -- whenever its true meaning is understood. But I believe nobody will deny that it is often very abstruse, and may say things which are quite different from wha.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: meaning  believe  true  bible  holy 
     
    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
    tags: questions 
     
    The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: star 
     
    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
    tags: earth  dark  night  moon 
     
    Nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: nature  impossible 
     
    I cannot but be astonished that Sarsi should persist in trying to prove by means of witnesses something that I may see for myself at any time by means of experiment. Witnesses are examined in doutbful matters which are past and transient, not in those which are actual and present. A judge must seek by means of witnesses to determine whether Peter injured John last night, but not whether John was injured, since the judge can see that for himself.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: time  past  present  night 
     
    The difficulties in the study of the infinite arise because we attempt, with our finite minds, to discuss the infinite, assigning to it those properties which we give to the finite and limited; but this... is wrong, for we cannot speak of infinite quantities as being the one greater or less than or equal to another.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: wrong  mind  property  quantity 
     
    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
    tags: authority 
     
    By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.
    — Galileo Galilei
    Nature . . . is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws imposed upon her, nor cares a whit whether her abstruse reasons and methods of operations are understandable to men.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: nature  men  law  care 
     
    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.
    — Galileo Galilei
    tags: earth  flowers  diamond 
     
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