Nicolaus Copernicus Quotes on art

Yet if anyone believes that the earth rotates, surely he will hold that its motion is natural, not violent... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

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... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

The earth also is spherical, since it presses upon its center from every direction... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources, I too began to consider the mobility of the earth... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Therefore, in the course of the work I have followed this plan: I describe in the first book all the positions of the orbits together with the movements which I ascribe to the Earth, in order that this book might contain, as it were, the general scheme of the universe... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center, would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

We regard it as a certainty that the earth, enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

In so many and such important ways, then, do the planets bear witness to the earth's mobility... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father, that as soon as some people learn that in this book which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, I ascribe certain motions to the Earth, they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus

Moreover, since the sun remains stationary, whatever appears as a motion of the sun is really due rather to the motion of the earth... view

By: Nicolaus Copernicus