Sir Isaac Newton

1642 - 1727

A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on nature, circulatory, atmosphere, earth, sun, conserve, river, spirit, light, and ether

For nature is a perpetual circulatory worker, generating fluids out of solids, and solids out of fluids, fixed things out of volatile, & volatile out of fixed, subtle out of gross, & gross out of subtle, Some things to ascend & make the upper terrestrial juices, Rivers and the Atmosphere; & by consequence others to descend for a Requital to the former. And as the Earth, so perhaps may the Sun imbibe this spirit copiously to conserve his Shining, & keep the Planets from receding further from him. And they that will, may also suppose, that this Spirit affords or carries with it thither the solary fuel & material Principle of Light; And that the vast ethereal Spaces between us, & the stars are for a sufficient repository for this food of the Sun and Planets. 

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

Source: Letter to Oldenburg (7 Dec 1675). In H. W. Turnbull (ed.), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, 1661-1675 (1959), Vol. 1, 366.

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on universe, intelligent being, and creation

This most beautiful system [the universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on perspective, visionary, and understanding

If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on men

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Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton

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

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

Source: E.N. da C. Andrade, Sir Isaac Newton, His Life and Work, Doubleday Anchor, NY, 1950

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on boldness and discovery

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on divinity, mind, and path

His epitaph: Who, by vigor of mind almost divine, the motions and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, and the tides of the seas first demonstrated.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton

The description of right lines and circles, upon which geometry is founded, belongs to mechanics. Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

Source: Principia Mathematica.

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on acceptance, belief, business, common sense, creation, earth, heaven, intelligence, majorities, men, philosophy, time, understanding, and universe

. . . Newton was an unquestioning believer in an all-wise creator of the universe, and in his own inability - like the boy on the seashore - to fathom the entire ocean in all its depths. He therefore believed that there were not only many things in heaven beyond his philosophy, but plenty on earth as well, and he made it his business to understand for himself what the majority of intelligent men of his time accepted without dispute (to them it was as natural as common sense) - the traditional account of the creation.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

Source: Men of Mathematics, by E. T. Bell

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on truth and world

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

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

Source: Memoir’s of Newton, Brewster, Vol. ii, Ch. 27.

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