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MARQUIS PIERRE SIMON DE LA PLACE
French mathematician and astronomer
(1749 - 1827)

I have lived long enough to know what I did not at one time believe--that no society can be upheld in happiness and honor without the sentiment of religion.
      - [Religion]

Sire, I had no need for that hypothesis.
  [Fr., Sire, je n'avais besoin de cet hypothese.]
      - said to Napoleon asking why God not in Traite de la Mechanique Celeste
        [God]

Truth and justice are the immutable laws of social order.
      - [Truth]

What we know here is very little, but what we are ignorant of is immense.
      - [Knowledge]

Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis.
      - to Napoleon on why his celestial mechanics work make no mention of God
        [God]


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