100+ Galileo Galilei Quotes that will Increase our Love for Astronomy

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Galileo Galilei Quotes that will increase our love for astronomy. There are so many Galileo Galilei quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Galileo Galilei quotes exists just do that.

The “father of observational astronomy”, the “father of the scientific method”, the “father of modern science” and the “father of modern physics” are the names given to Galileo Galilei who was born on 15 February 1564, in Pisa. He is an Italian physicist, engineer and an astronomer. He was also considered to be a polymath.

Galileo studied various aspects of physics, including gravity, velocity, speed, and free fall, the principle of relativity, projectile motion, and inertia. He also described the properties of pendulums, “hydrostatic balances” by working in applied science and technology. HE invented various military compasses and thermoscope. Galileo’s best work is the scientific observation of celestial objects using the telescope.

The observation of four largest satellites of Jupiter, observation of Saturn, confirmation of the phases of Venus and the analysis of sunspots, are the contributions to the observational astronomy by Galileo. His Copernicanism and heliocentrism became controversial during his lifetime as most of the used models during the period was the geocentric one, meaning that the earth was the centre of the universe.

As some astronomers opposed Galileo and doubted the heliocentrism to be missing the observed stellar parallax, the shift of nearby stars against the background of distant objects, and also concluded foolish and absurd in philosophy. They also said that it contradicts the sense of Holy Scripture, in the investigation led by the Roman Inquisition in 1615. In 1632, Galileo defended his views in the book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems which eventually led to the alienation of Society of Jesus as the book appeared to criticize the Pope Urban VIII, both had supported Galileo up until the book published. Due to this, the Inquisition tested Galileo’s faith and found that he was questioning the beliefs of Christianity, and so he was forced to withdraw his opinion publicly. Thus Galileo spent his days under house arrest.

Galileo had done some scientific research during his earlier years which he wrote into the book The Two New Sciences during his time under house arrest and published it in 1638. The two sciences are now termed as kinematics and strength of materials.

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“Passion is the genesis of genius.”

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“Knowing thyself, that is the greatest wisdom.”

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“You may force me to say what you wish; you may revile me for saying what I do. But it moves.”

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

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

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“And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by God are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judges over experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please? These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin of commonwealths and the subversion of the state.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“Nonetheless, it moves.”

“Nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs.”

“The prohibition of science would be contrary to the Bible, which in hundreds of places teaches us how the greatness and the glory of God shine forth marvelously in all His works, and is to be read above all in the open book of the heavens.”

“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.”

“Two truths cannot contradict one another.”

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

“Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.”

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

“You can’t teach anybody anything, only make them realize the answers are already inside them.”

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

“By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.”

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

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

“I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope].”

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

“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.”

“In the long run my observations have convinced me that some men, reasoning preposterously, first establish some conclusion in their minds which, either because of its being their own or because of their having received it from some person who has their entire confidence, impresses them so deeply that one finds it impossible ever to get it out of their heads.”

“In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man.”

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

“It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.”

“It seems to me that it was well said by Madama Serenissima, and insisted on by your reverence, that the Holy Scripture cannot err, and that the decrees therein contained are absolutely true and inviolable. But I should have in your place added that, though Scripture cannot err, its expounders and interpreters are liable to err in many ways; and one error in particular would be most grave and most frequent, if we always stopped short at the literal signification of the words.”

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

“Measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured.”

“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…does not act by means of many things when it can do so by means of a few.”

“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.”

“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”

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

“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.”

“Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle.”

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

“The greatest wisdom is to get to know oneself.”

“The number of people that can reason well is much smaller than those that can reason badly. If reasoning were like hauling rocks, then several reasoners might be better than one. But reasoning isn’t like hauling rocks, it’s like, it’s like racing, where a single, galloping Barbary steed easily outruns a hundred wagon-pulling horses.”

“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.”

“The vain presumption of understanding everything can have no other basis than never having understood anything. For anyone who had ever experienced just once the perfect understanding of one single thing, and had truly tasted how knowledge is accomplished, would recognize that of the infinity of other truths he understands nothing.”

“There are those who reason well, but they are greatly outnumbered by those who reason badly.”

“To be humane, we must ever be ready to pronounce that wise, ingenious and modest statement ‘I do not know’.”

“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 find it within himself.”

“(T)he increase of known truths stimulates the investigation, establishment, and growth of the arts.”

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

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

“E pur si muove. (Albeit It does move.) [What Galileo purportedly muttered after torturers forced him to recant his theory that the earth orbits the sun.]”

“E pur si muove. (It still moves.) (What Galileo purportedly muttered after torturers forced him to recant his theory that the earth orbits the sun.)”

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

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”

“I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments and demonstrations.”

“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.”

“In the future, there will be opened a gateway and a road to a large and excellent science into which minds more piercing than mine shall penetrate to recesses still deeper.”

“In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man.”

“Knowing thyself, that is the greatest wisdom.”

“Man kann einen Menschen nichts lehren. Man kann ihm nur helfen, es in sich selbst zu finden!”

“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe”

“Measure what can be measured, and make measureable what cannot be measured.”

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

“Nonetheless, it moves.”

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

“The greatness and the glory of God shine forth marvelously in all His works, and is to be read above all in the open book of the heavens.”

“The sun with all the planets around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.”

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

“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.”

“There are those who reason well, but they are greatly outnumbered by those who reason badly.”

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

“To be humane, we must ever be ready to pronounce that wise, ingenious and modest statement ‘I do not know’.”

“To me, a great ineptitude exists on the part of those who would have it that God made the universe more in proportion to the small capacity of their reason than to His immense, His infinite, power.”

“To understand the Universe, you must understand the language in which it’s written, the language of Mathematics.”

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”

“Who indeed will set bounds to human ingenuity? Who will assert that everything in the universe capable of being perceived is already discovered and known?”

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

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

“[Copernicus] did not ignore the Bible, but he knew very well that if his doctrine were proved, then it could not contradict the Scriptures when they were rightly understood.”

“And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by God are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judges over experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please? These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin of commonwealths and the subversion of the state.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“I am inclined to think that the authority of Holy Scripture is intended to convince men of those truths which are necessary for their salvation, which, being far above man’s understanding, can not be made credible by any learning, or any other means than revelation by the Holy Spirit.”

“I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope].”

“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.”

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

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

“It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.”

“It seems to me that it was well said by Madama Serenissima, and insisted on by your reverence, that the Holy Scripture cannot err, and that the decrees therein contained are absolutely true and inviolable. But I should have in your place added that, though Scripture cannot err, its expounders and interpreters are liable to err in many ways; and one error in particular would be most grave and most frequent, if we always stopped short at the literal signification of the words.”

“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.”

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

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

“Nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs.”

“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.”

“Science proceeds more by what it has learned to ignore than what it takes into account.”

“Science, Perfect, Understanding”

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

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

“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”?”

“The greatest wisdom is to get to know oneself.”

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

“The number of people that can reason well is much smaller than those that can reason badly. If reasoning were like hauling rocks, then several reasoners might be better than one. But reasoning isn’t like hauling rocks, it’s like, it’s like racing, where a single, galloping Barbary steed easily outruns a hundred wagon-pulling horses.”

“The prohibition of science would be contrary to the Bible, which in hundreds of places teaches us how the greatness and the glory of God shine forth marvelously in all His works, and is to be read above all in the open book of the heavens.”

“The vain presumption of understanding everything can have no other basis than never having understood anything. For anyone who had ever experienced just once the perfect understanding of one single thing, and had truly tasted how knowledge is accomplished, would recognize that of the infinity of other truths he understands nothing.”

“Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.”

“Who would dare assert that we know all there is to be known?”

“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 person something he does not already know, you can only bring what he does know to his awareness.”

“You may force me to say what you wish; you may revile me for saying what I do. But it moves.”

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