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SIR ISAAC NEWTON
English mathematician and philosopher
(1642 - 1727)
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I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smooth pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
      - [Truth]

If you are affronted, it is better to pass it by in silence, or with a jest, though with some dishonor, than to endeavor revenge. If you can keep reason above passion, that and watchfulness will be your best defendants.
      - [Revenge]

It became Him who created it to set it in order; and if he did so, it is unphilosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of Nature.
      - [Creation]

My principal method for defeating error and heresy is by establishing the truth. One purposes to fill a bushel with tares, but if I can fill it first with wheat, I may defy his attempts.
      - [Error]

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.
      - [Discovery]

The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.
      - [Preaching]

The instinct of brutes and insects can be the effect of nothing else than the wisdom and skill of a powerful, ever-living agent.
      - [Instinct]

Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes, because we need them; and He proportions the frequency and the weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust in his skill, and thank him for His prescription.
      - [Trials]

We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever.
      - [Scripture]

We are not to consider the world as a body of God: He is an uniform being, devoid of organs, members, or parts; and they are His creatures, subordinate to Him, and subservient to His will.
      - [God]

What I have done is due to patient thought.
      - [Patience]

Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark.
      - [Zeal]

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore 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.
      - Statement,
        in Brewster "Memoirs", vol. II, ch. XXVII
        [Truth]


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