Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Near the sun is the center of the universe.
Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun.
I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.
For I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them.
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.
Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe.
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