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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

Geometry is the archetype of the beauty of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I am much occupied with the investigation of the physical causes [of motions in the Solar System]. My aim in this is to show that the celestial machine is to be likened not to a divine organism but rather to a clockwork ... insofar as nearly all the manifold movements are carried out by means of a single, quite simple magnetic force. This physical conception is to be presented through calculation and geometry.

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 15 Sep

Johannes Kepler

We find, therefore, under this orderly arrangement, a wonderful symmetry in the universe, and a definite relation of harmony in the motion and magnitude of the orbs, of a kind that is not possible to obtain in any other way.

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 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I believe only and alone in the service of Jesus Christ. In him is all refuge and solace.

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 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Nature loves simplicity and unity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Science is the process of thinking God's thoughts after Him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Astronomy would not provide me with bread if men did not entertain hopes of reading the future in the heavens.

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

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Eyesight should learn from reason.

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

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 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Nature uses as little as possible of anything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If the moon and earth were not retained in their orbits by their animal force or some other equivalent, the earth would mount to the moon by a fifty-fourth part of their distance, and the moon fall towards the earth through the other fifty-three parts, and they would there meet, assuming, however, that the substance of both is of the same density.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Since geometry is co-eternal with the divine mind before the birth of things, God himself served as his own model in creating the world (for what is there in God which is not God?), and he with his own image reached down to humanity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

It is a right, yes a duty, to search in cautious manner for the numbers, sizes, and weights, the norms for everything [God] has created. For He himself has let man take part in the knowledge of these things ... For these secrets are not of the kind whose research should be forbidden; rather they are set before our eyes like a mirror so that by examining them we observe to some extent the goodness and wisdom of the Creator.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If there is anything that can bind the mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living,—then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy.

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 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Nothing which consists of corporeal matter is absolutely light, but that is comparatively lighter which is rarer, either by its own nature, or by accidental heat. And it is not to be thought that light bodies are escaping to the surface of the universe while they are carried upwards, or that they are not attracted by the earth. They are attracted, but in a less degree, and so are driven outwards by the heavy bodies; which being done, they stop, and are kept by the earth in their own place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

If the earth were not round, heavy bodies would not tend from every side in a straight line towards the center of the earth, but to different points from different sides.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Geometry, which before the origin of things was coeternal with the divine mind and is God himself (for what could there be in God which would not be God himself?), supplied God with patterns for the creation of the world, and passed over to Man along with the image of God; and was not in fact taken in through the eyes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The heavenly bodies are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which... sets landmarks in the immeasurable flow of time. It is therefore, no longer surprising that man, in imitation of his creator, has at last discovered the art of figured song, which was unknown to the ancients. Man wanted to reproduce the continuity of cosmic time... to obtain a sample test of the delight of the Divine Creator in His works, and to partake of his joy by making music in the imitation of God.

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 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

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

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 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God

By Anonym 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Great is God our Lord, great is His power and there is no end to His wisdom. Praise Him you heavens, glorify Him, sun and moon and you planets. For out of Him and through Him, and in Him are all things..... We know, oh, so little. To Him be the praise, the honor and the glory from eternity to eternity.

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

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

The heavenly motions... are nothing but a continuous song for several voices, perceived not by the ear but by the intellect, a figured music which sets landmarks in the immeasurable flow of time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

The Earth is round, and is inhabited on all sides, is insignificantly small, and is borne through the stars.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

O telescope, instrument of much knowledge, more precious than any sceptre!

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 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 is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. That share in it accorded to men is one of the reasons that Man is the image of God.

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 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

So long as the mother, Ignorance, lives, it is not safe for Science the offspring, to divulge the hidden causes of things.

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

God gives every animal the means of saving its life-why object if he gives astrology to the astronomer?

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

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 14 Sep

Johannes Kepler

Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.

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 13 Sep

Johannes Kepler

He who will please the crowd and for the sake of the most ephemeral renown will either proclaim those things which nature does not display or even will publish genuine miracles of nature without regard to deeper causes is a spiritually corrupt person... With the best of intentions I publicly speak to the crowd (which is eager for things new) on the subject of what is to come.

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.