February 15, 1564 - January 8, 1642

40 Greatest Quotes By Galileo Galilei

It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon. Galileo Galilei
The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters. Galileo Galilei
You cannot teach a person something he does not already know, you can only bring what he does know to his awareness. Galileo Galilei
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. Galileo Galilei
[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. Galileo Galilei
You can't teach anybody anything, only make them realize the answers are already inside them. Galileo Galilei
With regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them. Galileo Galilei
Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not. Galileo Galilei
You may force me to say what you wish; you may revile me for saying what I do. But it moves. Galileo Galilei
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei
We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. Galileo Galilei
Nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs. Galileo Galilei
The nature of the human mind is such that unless it is stimulated by images of things acting upon it from without, all remembrance of them passes easily away. Galileo Galilei
Science proceeds more by what it has learned to ignore than what it takes into account. Galileo Galilei
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. Galileo Galilei
Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. Galileo Galilei
Two truths cannot contradict one another. Galileo Galilei
God is known by nature in his works, and by doctrine in his revealed word. Galileo Galilei
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. Galileo Galilei
We must say that there are as many squares as there are numbers. Galileo Galilei
The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics. Galileo Galilei
Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences. Galileo Galilei
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. Galileo Galilei
By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox. Galileo Galilei
I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. Galileo Galilei
Wine is sunlight, held together by water. Galileo Galilei
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. Galileo Galilei
There are those who reason well, but they are greatly outnumbered by those who reason badly. Galileo Galilei
Who would set a limit to the mind of man? Who would dare assert that we know all there is to be known? Galileo Galilei
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. Galileo Galilei
It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment. Galileo Galilei
If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics. Galileo Galilei
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. Galileo Galilei
I give infinite thanks to God, who has been pleased to make me the first observer of marvelous things. Galileo Galilei
It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved. Galileo Galilei
To be humane, we must ever be ready to pronounce that wise, ingenious and modest statement 'I do not know'. Galileo Galilei
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. Galileo Galilei
E pur si muove. "Albeit It does move". (That's what Galileo purportedly muttered after torturers forced him to recant his theory that the earth orbits the sun.). Galileo Galilei