25 famous quotes by Sir Issac Newton

25 famous quotes by Sir Issac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian, and author, widely recognized as one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists and among the most influential scientists of all time. He was a key figure in the philosophical revolution known as the Enlightenment. He was born on January 4, 1963, at Whoolsthorpe Manor House, United Kingdom. Newton was a fellow of Trinity College and the second Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Newton built the first practical reflecting telescope and developed a sophisticated theory of colour based on the observation that a prism separates white light into the colours of the visible spectrum. His work on light was collected in his highly influential book Opticks, published in 1704. He also formulated an empirical law of cooling, made the first theoretical calculation of the speed of sound, and introduced the notion of a Newtonian fluid. In addition to his work on calculus, as a mathematician, Newton contributed to the study of power series, generalized the binomial theorem to non-integer exponents, developed a method for approximating the roots of a function, and classified most of the cubic plane curves.
Newton in his lifetime made many such scientific discoveries and developments that garnered him universal recognition as one of the most regarded scientists to ever walk on earth. In this article, we look at some of the most famous quotations given by Newton.

  1. What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.
  2. All knowledge and understanding of the Universe were no more than playing with stones and shells on the seashore of the vast imponderable ocean of truth.
  3. To explain all of nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age
  4. Live your life as an Exclamation rather than an Explanation.
  5. If I had stayed for other people to make my tools and things for me, I had never made anything
  6. “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.”
  7. “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore.”
  8. “Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
  9. “Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”
  10. “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
  11. “I do not feign hypotheses.”
  12. “No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.”
  13. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”
  14. “I know not how I seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with while the vast ocean of undiscovered truth lay before me.”
  15. “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”
  16. “All my discoveries have been made in answer to prayer.”
  17. “I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”
  18. “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.”
  19. “To arrive at the simplest truth requires years of contemplation.”
  20. “My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success.”
  21. “A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things are false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.”
  22. “Where both are friends, it is right to prefer truth.”
  23. “A Heavenly Master governs all the world as Sovereign of the universe. We are astonished at Him by reason of His perfection, we honour Him and fall down before Him because of His unlimited power. From blind physical necessity, which is always and everywhere the same, no variety adhering to time and place could evolve, and all variety of created objects which represent order and life in the universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, Whom I call the Lord God.”
  24. “Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.”
  25. “Nature is very consonant and conformable with herself.”

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