What are the TOP 10 earth quotes by Nicolaus Copernicus?

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

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

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

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