Archive for the ‘Isaac Newton’ Category

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me

October 8, 2009

I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton, last words d.1727

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By thinking on it continually

September 15, 2009

When he was asked how he had come to make astonishing discoveries contained in the Principia Mathematica, 1687, Newton replied, ‘by thinking on it continually’.

Melvyn Bragg, On Giants’ Shoulders, p.85

Newton went on:

I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.

whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me

September 3, 2009

I know not what I may seem to the world, but as 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

The heavens declare the glory of God

August 6, 2009

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

Isaac Newton

He also wrote:

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.

Atheism is senseless

March 24, 2009

Atheism is so senseless & odious to mankind that it never had many professors. Can it be by accident that all birds beasts & men have their right side & left side alike shaped (except in their bowells) & just two eyes & no more on either side the face & just two ears on either side the head & a nose with two holes & no more between the eyes & one mouth under the nose & either two fore leggs or two wings or two arms on the sholders & two leggs on the hipps one on either side & no more? Whence arises this uniformity in all their outward shapes but from the counsel & contrivance of an Author? Whence is it that the eyes of all sorts of living creatures are transparent to the very bottom & the only transparent members in the body, having on the outside an hard transparent skin, & within transparent juyces with a crystalline Lens in the middle & a pupil before the Lens all of them so truly shaped & fitted for vision, that no Artist can mend them? Did blind chance know that there was light & what was its refraction & fit the eys of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it? These & such like considerations always have & ever will prevail with man kind to believe that there is a being who made all things & has all things in his power & who is therfore to be feared. Sir Isaac Newton, A short Schem of the true Religion.

James D Kennedy used this quote, but its accuracy is doubtful since it has too much of a moder ring to it:

“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.” Sir Isaac Newton

I suspect Newton would have agreed with its summary in principle.