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    The scorn which I had reason to fear on account of the novelty and unconventionality of my opinion almost induced me to abandon completely the work which I had undertaken. . . . Astronomy is written for astronomers. To them my work too will seem, unless I am mistaken, to make some contribution.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: fear  work  opinion 
     
    First of all, we must note that the universe is spherical.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: universe 
     
    In so many and such important ways, then, do the planets bear witness to the earth's mobility.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth 
     
    The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth  facts  moon  water 
     
    At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: truth  human  god  philosopher  ideas 
     
    There may be babblers, wholly ignorant of mathematics, who dare to condemn my hypothesis, upon the authority of some part of the Bible twisted to suit their purpose. I value them not, and scorn their unfounded judgment.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center, would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth  heaven 
     
    For what could be more beautiful than the heavens which contain all beautiful things.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: beautiful  heaven 
     
    The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth  heaven 
     
    Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: saying 
     
    Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: universe 
     
    Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through its excessive quantity.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: violence  quantity 
     
    Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: star  heaven 
     
    The Universe, wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: universe 
     
    For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: opinion 
     
    Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: true 
     
    In first place we must observe that the universe is spherical. This is either because that figure is the most perfect, as not being articulated, but whole and complete in itself; or because it is the most capacious and therefore best suited for that which is to contain and preserve all things.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: universe 
     
    For a traveler going from any place toward the north, that pole of the daily rotation gradually climbs higher, while the opposite pole drops down an equal amount.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    Therefore I would not have it unknown to Your Holiness, the the only thing which induced me to look for another way of reckoning the movements of the heavenly bodies was that I knew that mathematicians by no means agree in their investigation thereof.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: body 
     
    Therefore, in the course of the work I have followed this plan: I describe in the first book all the positions of the orbits together with the movements which I ascribe to the Earth, in order that this book might contain, as it were, the general scheme of the universe.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: work  earth  book  universe 
     
    Not only the phenomena of the others followed from this, but also it so bound together both the order and magnitude of all the planets and the spheres and the heaven itself, that in no single part could one thing be altered without confusion among the other parts and in all the universe.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: pleasure  mind 
     
    Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth  ocean 
     
    When, therefore, I had long considered this uncertainty of traditional mathematics, it began to weary me that no more definite explanation of the movement of the world-machine established in our behalf by the best and most systematic builder of all, existed among the philosophers who had studied so exactly in other respects the minutest details in regard to the sphere.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    We are taught all this [the motion of the earth on its axis and around the sun] by the order of succession, in which those phenomena (various planetary happenings) follow each other, and by the harmony of the world, if we will only, as the saying goes, look at the matter with both eyes.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: world  earth  eyes  saying  harmony 
     
    For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth  revolution 
     
    Perhaps there will be prattlers who, although completely ignorant of mathematics, nevertheless take it upon themselves to pass judgment on mathematical questions, and on account of some passage in Scripture, badly distorted to their purpose, will dare to censure and assail what I have presented here.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    The strongest affection and utmost zeal should, I think, promote the studies concerned with the most beautiful objects, most deserving to be known.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Mathemata mathematicis scribunturMathematics is written for mathematiciansDe Revolutionibus
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    For when a ship is floating calmly along, the sailors see its motion mirrored in everything outside, while on the other hand they suppose that they are stationary, together with everything on board. In the same way, the motion of the earth can unquestionably produce the impression that the entire universe is rotating.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: earth  universe 
     
    Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources, I too began to consider the mobility of the earth.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    In the midst of all dwells the Sun. For who could set this luminary in another or better place in this most glorious temple, than whence he can at one and the same time brighten the whole.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: time 
     
    In the midst of all dwells the sun.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: fear  work 
     
    I shall now recall to mind that the motion of the heavenly bodies is circular, since the motion appropriate to a sphere is rotation in a circle.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: body  mind 
     
    So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
    — Nicolaus Copernicus
    tags: truth  ideas  fools 
     
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    nicolaus copernicus
    Birth    : February 19, 1473
    Death  : May 24, 1543
    Occupation  : Mathematician