Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

“This most beautiful system [The Universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

“I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.”

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.”

“A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.”

“To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.”

“Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription.”

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

“It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded.”

“If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.”

“I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.”

“The seed of a tree has the nature of a branch or twig or bud. It is a part of the tree, but if separated and set in the earth to be better nourished, the embryo or young tree contained in it takes root and grows into a new tree.”

“About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”

“Errors are not in the art but in the artificers.”

“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.”

“Yet one thing secures us whatever betide, the scriptures assures us the Lord will provide.”

“The system of revealed truth which this Book contains is like that of the universe, concealed from common observation yet…the centuries have established its Divine origin.”

“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

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