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Isaac Newton

1642 – 1726 CE

Natural philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, theologian, author and physicist, and one of the most influential scientists of all time; Newton built the first practical telescope, made critical discoveries in the field of optics, developed calculus, made numerous scientific discoveries and also studied alchemy. He established science over faith as the most profound influence on modern thought and his discovery of gravitation revolutionized the study of astronomy. He established the laws of motion and mechanics that became a platform for the modern miracles of science. Exemplifying Gracian’s dictum, “All giants are really dwarfs,” stories of Newton’s absentmindedness proliferate. Asked to boil an egg for 3 minutes, he put his watch in the water and stared at the eggs. He would do things like go upstairs to change for a formal dinner but instead get undressed and go to bed. Voltaire considered him one of the greatest men who have ever lived.

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Quotes by Isaac Newton (10 quotes)

“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.”

Themes: Humility

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

Themes: Science

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

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“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”

Themes: Skillful Means

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

Themes: Simplicity

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

Themes: God

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“If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.”

Themes: Patience Reason

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

Themes: Perseverance

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“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.”

Themes: Change

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

Themes: Curiosity

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Quotes about Isaac Newton (6 quotes)

“Newton's Principia marked the quiet assumption by science of its now unchallenged mastery over modern thought... Even in his lifetime, the world understood that Newton belonged to its heroes.”

Will Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
Philosophy apostle and popularizer of history's lessons
from Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, 1968

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“Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night;
God said ‘Let Newton be’ and all was light.”

Alexander Pope 1688 – 1744 CE
Second most quoted English writer

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“Who was the greatest man? Without doubt it was Isaac Newton for it was him who mastered our minds by the force of truth and deserves our reverence, not the Caesars, Alexanders, and Cromwells who enslave our minds with violence and war.”

Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet 1694 – 1778 CE via Shan Dao

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“Newton was the greatest genius who ever lived, and the most fortunate, for we cannot find more than once a system of the world to establish.”

Joseph-Louis Lagrange 1736 – 1813 CE
Famous mathematician and astronomer

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“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.”

Isaac Newton 1642 – 1726 CE

Themes: Humility

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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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