So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science, the offspring, to divulge the hidden cause of things
Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.
When things are in order, if the cause of the orderliness cannot be deduced from the motion of the elements or from the composition of matter, it is quite possibly a cause possessing a mind.
For a long time, I wanted to become a theologian. Now, however, behold, how through my efforts God is being glorified through astronomy.
The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.
Nature uses as little as possible of anything.
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.
The radius vector describes equal areas in equal times.
The squares of the periodic times are to each other as the cubes of the mean distances.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited?.. Are we or they Lords of the World?.. And how are all things made for man?
Discover the force of the heavens O Men: once recognised it can be put to use.
I used to measure the heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth. Although my mind was heaven-bound, the shadow of my body lies here.
Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. That share in it accorded to humans is one of the reasons that humanity is the image of God.
Since geometry is co-eternal with the divine mind before the birth of things, God himself served as his own model in creating the world (for what is there in God which is not God?), and he with his own image reached down to humanity.