Galileo quotes:

  • Just because Galileo was a heretic doesn't make every heretic a Galileo. -- Jay Griffiths
  • Steve Jobs was Galileo in a past life. Discovery was instinctual for him. -- Sylvia Browne
  • If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone. -- Thomas Hardy
  • It used to be, it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier. -- Ted Cruz
  • If I had a time machine, I'd visit Marilyn Monroe in her prime or drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens. -- Stephen Hawking
  • I live on the other side of Copernicus and Galileo; I can no longer conceive of God as sort of above the sky, looking down and keeping record books. -- John Shelby Spong
  • Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom - that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself. -- David Hilbert
  • Galileo got it wrong. The earth does not revolve around the sun. It revolves around you and has been doing so for decades. At least, this is the model you are using. -- Srikumar Rao
  • Is it possible that I am not alone in believing that in the dispute between Galileo and the Church, the Church was right and the centre of man's universe is the earth? -- Stephen Vizinczey
  • In arguing that machines think, we are in the same fix as Darwin when he argued that man shares common ancestors with monkeys, or Galileo when he argued that the Earth spins on its axis. -- Herbert A. Simon
  • The Egyptians saw the sun and called him Ra, the Sun God. He rode across the sky in his chariot until it was time to sleep. Copernicus and Galileo proved otherwise, and poor Ra lost his divinity. -- Ashwin Sanghi
  • I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don't know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy. -- Stephen Hawking
  • Between their rise in the thirteenth century and their sudden fall in the seventeenth, when the line abruptly ended, the Medicis produced three popes, two queens, and many Florentine rulers, and they supported the work of Galileo, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli - a veritable parade of geniuses. -- Hanya Yanagihara
  • Anthropology found its Galileo in Rivers, its Newton in Mauss. -- Claude Levi-Strauss
  • Galileo - the father of modern physics - indeed of modern science. -- Albert Einstein
  • Galileo called doubt the father of invention; it is certainly the pioneer. -- Christian Nestell Bovee
  • Accelerometrics is a cool new discipline. Newton and Galileo would love it. -- Philippe Kahn
  • Kinsey would identify himself with Galileo in moments of feelings of persecution. -- Bill Condon
  • Galileo probably would have escaped persecution if his discoveries could have been disproved. -- Richard Whately
  • What Galileo and Newton were to the seventeenth century, Darwin was to the nineteenth. -- Bertrand Russell
  • By night the Glass Of Galileo ... observes Imagin'd Land and Regions in the Moon. -- John Milton
  • Galileo , perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science. -- Stephen Hawking
  • A man does not attain the status of Galileo merely because he is persecuted; he must also be right. -- Stephen Jay Gould
  • At the time of Galileo the Church remained much more reasonable than Galileo himself. The process against Galileo was reasonable and just. -- Pope Benedict XVI
  • Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell. -- Rick Perry
  • Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right. -- Robert L. Park
  • Galileo was challenged because he declared a theory to be a fact and argued with the Church about the genuine meaning of the Bible. -- Michael Coren
  • I feel like Galileo going before the Inquisition to explain that the Sun doesn't revolve around the Earth. I hope I have more success. -- Ken Livingstone
  • I sometimes think about the tower at Pisa as the first particle accelerator, a (nearly) vertical linear accelerator that Galileo used in his studies. -- Leon M. Lederman
  • The worst that happened to men of science was that Galileo suffered an honorable detention and a mild reproof, before dying peacefully in his bed. -- Alfred North Whitehead
  • The usual rejoinder to someone who says 'They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Galileo' is to say 'But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown'. -- Carl Sagan
  • Galileo wrote that 'the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics; without its help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it. -- Steven Pinker
  • Socially, a journalist ranks somewhere between the madam of a whorehouse and a bartender. but spiritually he ranks with Galileo, for he knows the world is round. -- Ben Hecht
  • After Galileo was convicted (for heresy by the Spanish Inquisition) for his theory that the Earth revolved around the sun, ... he replied, `Still, the Earth is moving.' -- Junichiro Koizumi
  • History of science is a relay race, my painter friend. Copernicus took over his flag from Aristarchus, from Cicero, from Plutarch; and Galileo took that flag over from Copernicus. -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom - that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself -- David Hilbert
  • Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, doubt (called by Galileo the father of invention), be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins? -- Christian Nestell Bovee
  • I felt obligated to change music to art, the same way that Galileo proved the Earth was round to the world and that the Sun did not stand still. -- Phil Spector
  • It is astonishing to realize that until Galileo performed his experiments on the acceleration of gravity in the early seventeenth century, nobody questioned Aristotle's falling balls. Nobody said, Show Me! -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Matter is real to my senses, but they aren't trustworthy. If Galileo or Copernicus had accepted what they saw, they would never have discovered the movement of the earth and planets. -- Albert Einstein
  • It took the Church until 1832 to remove Galileo 's work from its list of books which Catholics were forbidden to read at the risk of dire punishment of their immortal souls. -- Carl Sagan
  • Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier. -- Ted Cruz
  • Gradually the conviction gained recognition that all knowledge about things is exclusively a working-over of the raw material furnished by the senses. ... Galileo and Hume first upheld this principle with full clarity and decisiveness. -- Albert Einstein
  • The church at the time was much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself, and also took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo's doctrine. Its verdict against Galileo was rational and just. -- Paul Feyerabend
  • Galileo had already made a significant beginning toward a knowledge of the law of motion. He discovered the law of inertia and the law of bodies falling freely in the gravitational field of the earth. -- Albert Einstein
  • Society has always been the free man's greatest enemy. And the free man has been society's greatest friend. How did society treat Jesus, Socrates, Galileo, or Martin Luther King? Yet look what they have left behind. -- Laurence Boldt
  • My message to the Pope would be, don't take sides on the science. Don't make the same mistake as seven out of 10 judges in the trial of Galileo, when they invited him to retract his views. -- Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
  • The unseen energy that was once in Shakespeare or Picasso or Galileo or any human form, is also available to all of us. That is because the spirit energy does not die, it simply changes form. -- Wayne Dyer
  • Scratch the surface of knowledge and mystery bubbles up like a spring. And occasionally, at certain disquieting moments in history (Aristarchus, Galileo, Plank, Einstein), a tempest of mystery comes rolling in from the sea and overwhelms our efforts. -- Chet Raymo
  • The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetics in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against Eve. -- Mark Twain
  • Is it so bad, then, 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
  • How fortunate for civilization, that Beethoven, Michelangelo, Galileo and Faraday were not required by law to attend schools where their total personalities would have been operated upon to make them learn acceptable ways of participating as members of "the group." -- Joel Henry Hildebrand
  • [Newton wrote to Halley ... that he would not give Hooke any credit] That, alas, is vanity. You find it in so many scientists. You know, it has always hurt me to think that Galileo did not acknowledge the work of Kepler. -- Albert Einstein
  • We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge. -- Christopher Hitchens
  • The stone that Dr. Johnson once kicked to demonstrate the reality of matter has become dissipated in a diffuse distribution of mathematical probabilities. The ladder that Descartes, Galileo, Newton, and Leibniz erected in order to scale the heavens rests upon a continually shifting, unstable foundation. -- Morris Kline
  • Lives of great men all remind us greatness takes no easy way. All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today . Socrates and Galileo , John Brown, Thoreau , Christ , and Debs Heard the night cry down with traitors, and the dawn shout "Up the reds! -- Yip Harburg
  • A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion. -- H. L. Mencken
  • Truth lies in a small compass! The Aristotelians say, all truth is contained in Aristotle, in one place or another. Galileo makes Simplicius say so, but shows the absurdity of that speech by answering all truth is contained in a lesser compass, namely, in the alphabet. -- Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
  • Many of my heroes, like Galileo, Maxwell, Newton and, less explicitly, Einstein thought what they were doing was finding out what God is. All of them had this inspiration that if you want to find out what God is, you have to look at his work. -- Frank Wilczek
  • Misunderstood! It is a right fool's word. Is it so bad then 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
  • Harvey , Galileo , Copernicus do not seem occult to us, but they did so to their contemporaries, hierophants of the mysteries of Natural Law, revealers of the secrets of a New Order of the Ages. After all, the movement eventually came to be called the Age of Enlightenment. -- Kenneth Rexroth
  • A conflict arises when a religious community insists on the absolute truthfulness of all statements recorded in the Bible. This means an intervention on the part of religion into the sphere of science; this is where the struggle of the Church against doctrines of Galileo and Darwin belongs. -- Albert Einstein
  • Physics has never been a comfortable subject for human psychology. The desire to regard everything outside the human race's purview as insignificant, and everything within that purview as firmly under the control of tribal myth and custom, is as strong today as it was in the time of Galileo. -- Celia Green
  • E pur si muove. "Albeit It does move". (That's what Galileo purportedly muttered after torturers forced him to recant his theory that the earth orbits the sun.) -- Galileo Galilei
  • I, Galileo, son of the late Vicenzo Galilei, swear that I never said that the prime numbers are useless. What I said was that you cannot count lunar craters by counting 2, 3, 5, 7 ... -- Galileo Galilei
  • We're better than Galileo. Because he's dead. -- Jenny Lawson
  • One Galileo in two thousand years is enough. -- Pope Pius XII
  • Existence is perpetual motion. Galileo wondered about it, Da Vinci. -- Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
  • We have two boys, and one of our kids is much more interested in history and stories, so if you want him to do some calculations about lenses, you would start talking to him about Galileo... Then he would be into the lenses, but if you just start talking to him about lenses, he might not stay with you. -- Megan Smith
  • One of the things that always fascinated me about the Renaissance was that it was a time both of great scientific discovery and also of superstition and belief in magic. And so it was a period in which Galileo invented the telescope, but also a time when hundreds were burned at the stake because people thought they were witches. -- Marie Rutkoski