Galileo Quotes

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.

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


I never met a man so unknowledgeable, I could not learn something from him.

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.

Philosophy is written in this grand book— I mean the universe— which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth (1623)

The great book of nature is written in mathematical symbols.

The Bible tells us how to go to the heavens, not how the heavens go.

What has philosophy got to do with measuring anything?


You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it for himself.

Biography Galileo
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