November 30, 2016

Isaac Newton Quotes

“A good watch may serve to keep a recconing at Sea for some days and to know the time of a Celestial Observion: and for this end a good Jewel watch may suffice till a better sort of Watch can be found out. But when the Longitude at sea is once lost, it cannot be found again by any watch.”

“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.”

“All the characters of the Passion agree to the year 34; and that is the only year to which they all agree.”

“Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas”

“Daniel was in the greatest credit amongst the Jews, till the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. And to reject his prophecies, is to reject the Christian religion. For this religion is founded upon his prophecy concerning the Messiah.”

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

“Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.”

“Godliness consists in the knowledge love & worship of God, Humanity in love, righteousness & good offices towards man.”

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

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like 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.”

“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.”

“If I am anything, which I highly doubt, I have made myself so by hard work.”

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

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

“In the reign of the Greek Emperor Justinian, and again in the reign of Phocas, the Bishop of Rome obtained some dominion over the Greek Churches, but of no long continuance. His standing dominion was only over the nations of the Western Empire, represented by Daniel’s fourth Beast.”

“It became Him who created them to set them in order; and if he did so, it is unphilosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of Nature.”

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

“My principal method for defeating error and heresy is by establishing the truth. One purposes to fill a bushel with tares, but if I can fill it first with wheat, I may defy his attempts.”

“Oh, Diamond! Diamond! thou little knowest what mischief thou hast done!”

“One is by a Watch to keep time exactly. But, by reason of the motion of the Ship, the Variation of Heat and Cold, Wet and Dry, and the Difference of Gravity in different Latitudes, such a watch hath not yet been made.”

“The alternation of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impressed; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impressed.”

“The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.”

“The kingdoms represented by the second and third Beasts, or the Bear and Leopard, are again described by Daniel in his last Prophecy written in the third year of Cyrus over Babylon, the year in which he conquered Persia. For this Prophecy is a commentary upon the Vision of the Ram and He-Goat.”

“The Prophecies of Daniel are all of them related to one another, as if they were but several parts of one general Prophecy, given at several times. The first is the easiest to be understood, and every following Prophecy adds something new to the former.”

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”

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

“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.”

“To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty, & leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.”

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

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

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”

“We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever.”

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

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