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Johannes Kepler
By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

On how the motion of a planet defines its sphere: ... and thus it comes about gradually by the linking and accumulation of a great many revolutions that a kind of concave sphere is displayed, having the same center as the Sun, just as by a great many circles of silken thread, linked with each other and wound together, the dwelling of a silkworm is made.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Gravity is a mutual affection between cognate bodies towards union or conjunction (similar in kind to the magnetic virtue), so that the earth attracts a stone much rather than the stone seeks the earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

...for a long time I wanted to become a theologian... now, however, behold how through my efforts God is being debated in astronomy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

My aim is to say that the machinery of the heavens is not like a divine animal but like a clock (and anyone who believes a clock has a soul gives the work the honour due to its maker) and that in it almost all the variety of motions is from one very simple magnetic force acting on bodies, as in the clock all motions are from a very simple weight.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Geometry existed before the creation. It is co-eternal with the mind of God...Geometry provided God with a model for the Creation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Some of what these pamphlets [of astrological forecasts] say will turn out to be true, but most of it time and experience will expose as empty and worthless. The latter part will be forgotten literally: written on the winds while the former will be carefully entered in people's memories, as is usual with the crowd.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

wheresoever the earth may be placed, or whithersoever it may be carried by its animal faculty, heavy bodies will always be carried towards it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The Creator, the fountain of all wisdom, the approver of perpetual order, the eternal and superessential spring of geometry and harmonics.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Thus God himself was too kind to remain idle and began to play the game of signatures signing his likeness unto the world: therefore I chance to think that all nature and the graceful sky are symbolized in the art of Geometria.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I used to measure the skies, now I measure the shadows of Earth. Although my mind was sky-bound, the shadow of my body lies here. [Epitaph he composed for himself a few months before he died]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

A mind is accustomed to mathematical deduction, when confronted with the faulty foundations of astrology, resists a long, long time, like an obstinate mule, until compelled by beating and curses to put its foot into that dirty puddle.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I used to measure the Heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth. The mind belonged to Heaven, the body's shadow lies here.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Every corporeal substance, so far forth as it is corporeal, has a natural fitness for resting in every place where it may be situated by itself beyond the sphere of influence of a body cognate with it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I measured the skies, now the shadows I measure, Sky-bound was the mind, earth-bound the body rests. [Kepler's epitaph]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

But although the attractive virtue of the earth extends upwards, as has been said, so very far, yet if any stone should be at a distance great enough to become sensible compared with the earth's diameter, it is true that on the motion of the earth such a stone would not follow altogether; its own force of resistance would be combined with the attractive force of the earth, and thus it would extricate itself in some degree from the motion of the earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The cause of the six-sided shape of a snowflake is none other than that of the ordered shapes of plants and of numerical constants; and since in them nothing occurs without supreme reason-not, to be sure, such as discursive reasoning discovers, but such as existed from the first in the Creators's design and is preserved from that origin to this day in the wonderful nature of animal faculties, I do not believe that even in a snowflake this ordered pattern exists at random.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If the earth should cease to attract its waters to itself all the waters of the sea would be raised and would flow to the body of the moon.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If this [the Mysterium cosmographicum] is published, others will perhaps make discoveries I might have reserved for myself. But we are all ephemeral creatures (and none more so than I). I have, therefore, for the Glory of God, who wants to be recognized from the book of Nature, that these things may be published as quickly as possible. The more others build on my work the happier I shall be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Nature loves simplicity and unity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

[God] is the kind Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

We do not ask what hope of gain makes a little bird warble, since we know that it takes delight in singing because it is for that very singing that the bird was made, so there is no need to ask why the human mind undertakes such toil in seeking out these secrets of the heavens. ... And just as other animals, and the human body, are sustained by food and drink, so the very spirit of Man, which is something distinct from Man, is nourished, is increased, and in a sense grows up on this diet of knowledge, and is more like the dead than the living if it is touched by no desire for these things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

A most unfailing experience... of the excitement of sublunary (that is, human) natures by the conjunctions and aspects of the planets has instructed and compelled my unwilling belief.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

When things are in order, if the cause of the orderliness cannot be deduced from the motion of the elements or from the composition of matter, it is quite possibly a cause possessing a mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The sun alone appears, by virtue of his dignity and power, suited for this motive duty (of moving the planets) and worthy to become the home of God himself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The moon... is a mass, akin to the mass of the earth, attracts the waters by a magnetic force, not because they are liquid, but because they possess earthy substance, and so share in the movements of a heavy body.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

It may be well to wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Just as the eye was made to see colours, and the ear to hear sounds, so the human mind was made to understand, not whatever you please, but quantity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I had the intention of becoming a theologian...but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy, for 'the heavens declare the glory of God.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I am a Lutheran astrologer, I throw away the nonsense and keep the hard kernel.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Ships and sails proper for the heavenly air should be fashioned. Then there will also be people, who do not shrink from the dreary vastness of space.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If my false figures came near to the facts, this happened merely by chance ... These comments are not worth printing. Yet it gives me pleasure to remember how many detours I had to make, along how many walls I had to grope in the darkness of my ignorance until I found the door which lets in the light of the truth ... In such manner did I dream of the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

As soon as somebody demonstrates the art of flying, settlers from our species of man will not be lacking on the Moon and Jupiter. Who would have believed that a huge ocean could be crossed more peacefully and safely than the the narrow expanse of the Adriatic, the Baltic Sea or the English Channel? Given ships or sails adapted to the breezes of heaven, there will be those who will not shrink from even that vast expanse.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The wisdom of the Lord is infinite as are also His glory and His power. Ye heavens, sing His praises; sun, moon, and planets, glorify Him in your ineffable language! Praise Him, celestial harmonies, and all ye who can comprehend them! And thou, my soul, praise thy Creator! It is by Him and in Him that all exist.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Geometry is the archetype of the beauty of the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Why waste words? Geometry existed before the Creation, is co-eternal with the mind of God, is God himself (what exists in God that is not God himself?): geometry provided God with a model for the Creation and was implanted into man, together with God's own likeness - and not merely conveyed to his mind through the eyes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The sphere of the attractive virtue which is in the moon extends as far as the earth, and entices up the waters; but as the moon flies rapidly across the zenith, and the waters cannot follow so quickly, a flow of the ocean is occasioned in the torrid zone towards the westward.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

...Those laws are within the grasp of the human mind. God wanted us to recognize them by creating us after his own image so that we could share in his own thoughts... and if piety allow us to say so, our understanding is in this respect of the same kind as the divine, at least as far as we are able to grasp something of it in our mortal life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The squares of the periodic times are proportional to the cubes of the mean distances from the sun.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If God himself has waited six thousand years for someone to contemplate his works, my book can wait for a hundred.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Either... the moving intelligences of the planets are weakest in those that are farthest from the sun, or... there is one moving intelligence in the sun, the common center, forcing them all round, but those most violently which are nearest, and that it languishes in some sort and grows weaker at the most distant, because of the remoteness and the attenuation of the virtue.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the sun at one of the two foci.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I believe the geometric proportion served the creator as an idea when He introduced the continuous generation of similar objects from similar objects.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I myself, a professional mathematician, on re-reading my own work find it strains my mental powers to recall to mind from the figures the meanings of the demonstrations, meanings which I myself originally put into the figures and the text from my mind. But when I attempt to remedy the obscurity of the material by putting in extra words, I see myself falling into the opposite fault of becoming chatty in something mathematical.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Wherever there are qualities there are likewise quantities, but not always vice versa.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Repudiating the sensible world, which he neither sees himself nor believes from those who have, the Peripatetic joins combat by childish quibbling in a world on paper, and denies the Sun shines because he himself is blind.