Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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1564 – 1642 CE

Arrested by the Inquisition for the last 9 years of his life but called by Einstein “the father of modern science;” books banned by the Catholic Church but called by Stephen Hawking responsible for the birth of modern science; condemned and persecuted by conservative contemporaries but called by Grotius “the greatest mind of all time;” Galileo – though living in a time when “heretics” were burned at the stake – raised the status of science, with his telescope designs demonstrated the universe’s immensity, and helped science separate from both philosophy and religion.


Quotes by Galileo (4 quotes)

“I have never met a man so ignorant I could not learn something from him.”

Chapters: 45. Complete Perfection

Themes: Appreciation

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“Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue.”

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

Themes: Opinion

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“to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything new.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Curiosity

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“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Education

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Quotes about Galileo (2 quotes)

“Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today—you shall be sure to be misunderstood but is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 CE
Champion of individualism
from Representative Men (1850)

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“What Galileo and Newton were to the 17th century, Darwin was the the 19th... Darwin himself was a liberal, but his theories had consequences in some degree inimical to traditional liberalism... like Kant [he] gave rise to a movement which he would have detested.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”
from History of Western Philosophy

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