Nicolaus Copernicus was born in 1473 in Torun, Poland. He was an astronomer who proposed that the planets orbited around the Sun and not the Earth.
A Renaissance-era polymath, Copernicus was also an considered an expert mathematician, translator, artist, and physicist. He played a key part in the ideas of Quantum Theory of Money and Gresham’s Law.
Below is a collection of his best quotes. Enjoy.
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To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning.
In so many and such important ways, then, do the planets bear witness to the earth's mobility.
For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them.
First of all, we must note that the universe is spherical.
Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the centre of the universe.
Moreover, since the sun remains stationary, whatever appears as a motion of the sun is really due rather to the motion of the earth.
Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through its excessive quantity.
I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgement of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.
The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens.
Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place.
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
For what could be more beautiful than the heavens which contain all beautiful things.
There may be babblers, wholly ignorant of mathematics, who dare to condemn my hypothesis, upon the authority of some part of the Bible twisted to suit their purpose. I value them not, and scorn their unfounded judgement.
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