Isaac Newton Quotes

We build too many walls, and not enough bridges. What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean. A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding. Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. You have to make the rules, not follow them. To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. Whence arises all that order and beauty we see in the world? Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion. As a blind man has no idea of colors, so have we no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things. If I have done great things it's because I was standing in the closet of smart men taking notes and then publishing their ideas as my own. No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. What goes up must come down. Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Genius is patience. To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. What goes up must come down. If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results. The more time and devotion one spends in the worship of false gods, the less he is able to spend in that of the true one. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people. Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. I keep the subject constantly before me and wait ’til the first dawning opens slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light. To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton

1643 - 1727