1. 10

    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.

  2. 9

    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.

  3. 8

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

  4. 7

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

  5. 6

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

  6. 5

    Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through its excessive quantity.

  7. 4

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

  8. 3

    Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning.

  9. 2

    To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.

  10. 1

    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.

  11. Last Update: 8 December 2021

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