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Nicolaus Copernicus Quotes and Sayings

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Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

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

In so many and such important ways, then,
do the planets bear witness to the earth's mobility.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

 

Moreover, since the sun remains stationary,
whatever appears as a motion of the sun is really due
rather to the motion of the earth.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

The earth also is spherical, since it presses upon
its center from every direction.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

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

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Those things which I am saying now may be obscure,
yet they will be made clearer in their proper place.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Yet if anyone believes that the earth rotates,
surely he will hold that its motion is natural,
not violent.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Near the sun is the center of the universe.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

First of all, we must note that the universe is spherical.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the
history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then,
the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

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

So, influenced by these advisors and this hope,
I have at length allowed my friends to publish the work,
as they had long besought me to do.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources,
I too began to consider the mobility of the earth.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

More stars in the north are seen not to set,
while in the south certain stars are no longer seen to rise.
- 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

We regard it as a certainty that the earth,
enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to
insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I
disregard what others may think of them.
- 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

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

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

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father,
that as soon as some people learn that in this book
which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,
I ascribe certain motions to the Earth,
they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Not a few other very eminent and scholarly men made the same request,
urging that I should no longer through fear refuse
to give out my work for the common benefit of students of Mathematics.
- 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

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

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

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

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

A man who as a physical being
is always turned toward the outside,
thinking that his happiness lies outside him,
finally turns inward and
discovers that the source is within him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams.
- Dr. Seuss

I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts:
financial worries.
- Jules Renard

There are four stages in a marriage.
First there's the affair,
then the marriage,
then children
and finally the fourth stage,
without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.
- Norman Mailer

When you finally go back to your old home,
you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
- Sam Ewing

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

I've finally found my home - as Lt.
Frank Drebin.
- Leslie Nielsen

What people will say about me then -
or maybe not say -
will be the only thing that finally counts.
- Martin Kippenberger

Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally
destined to emerge from the Revolution.
- Irving Babbitt

When you finally accept that it's OK not to have answers
and it's OK not to be perfect,
you realize that feeling confused is a normal part
of what it is to be a human being.
- Winona Ryder

I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person.
Or he became me.
- Cary Grant

I finally decided if I was going to make a living,
I was gonna have to come to New York.
- Mose Allison

You cannot have companies where many of the largest
ones lose money indefinitely without someone finally waving the white flag,
and IBM is the most recent example of that.
- Kevin Rollins

No man for any considerable period can wear one face
to himself and another to the multitude,
without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

What's become of "yes we can?" That's easy.
Finally people are starting to read the bills.
- Tom Korologos

It's been dawning on me slowly that for the past 35
years I have been cast against type,
and I'm finally getting to do what I really wanted to do.
- Leslie Nielsen

On the contrary, the characteristic element of the
present situation is that economic questions have finally
and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics.
- Arthur Henderson

Finally, fighting for gay rights, speaking out in various
places and making friends,
men and women, was great.
- George Weinberg

There's always an element of fear that you need to
work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or
finally figure out that you're a fraud after all!
- Ben Stiller

After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting
to scratch the surface of what women want.
And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.
- Mel Gibson

Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
- Honore de Balzac

Finally, for all of us but a lucky few,
the dream of playing big-time baseball is relinquished
so we can get on with grown-up things.
- John Thorn

How little the public realizes what a girl must go
through before she finally appears before the spotlight
that is thrown upon the stage.
- Florenz Ziegfeld

Yeah, well, I finally stopped smoking for good.
- Liam Neeson

I am pleased to tell you that he is finally getting
some rest and is regaining his appetite as well.
- LaToya Jackson

I'm at a place in my life right now where I'm very happy,
very content.
I'm finally OK with the idea of who I love,
who I want to be with.
- Sheryl Swoopes

There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
- Andre Gide

A unified theory would put us at the doorstep of a
vast universe of things that we could finally explore with precision.
- Brian Greene

I'd been trying for all of the eight years we'd been married to have a child,
and finally I did.
- Marie Windsor

Finally, I was no longer a student and was making music for myself.
- Kenny G

My mother could never understand why I didn't write a thriller,
which I've finally done.
- Harry Mathews

Truth, they say, is but too often in difficulties,
but is never finally suppressed.
- Titus Livius

After all these years, I'm finally into soccer.
The World Cup is on, and my band is an international group -
they're all around me,
cheering in the hotel bars.
- Art Garfunkel

Dates with actors, finally, just seemed to me evenings of shop talk.
I got sick of it after a hile.
So the more famous I became, the more I narrowed down my choices.
- Hedy Lamarr

I turned forty, and I'm finally going to get married and maybe have a kid.
- Rick Moody


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