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  1. I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
  2. Are not rays of light very small bodies emitted from shining substances?
  3. The centre of the system of the world is immovable.
  4. My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success.
  5. I there represent that I sent notice of my method to Mr. Leibnitz before he sent notice of his method to me, and left him to make it appear that he had found his method before the date of my letter.
  6. If anyone offers conjectures about the truth of things from the mere possibility of hypotheses, I do not see by what stipulation anything certain can be determined in any science, since one or another set of hypotheses may always be devised which will appear to supply new difficulties.
  7. A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
  8. Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure of the absolute spaces, which our senses determine by its position to bodies, and which is vulgarly taken for immovable space.
  9. It is indeed a matter of great difficulty to discover, and effectually to distinguish, the true motions of particular bodies from the apparent because the parts of that immovable space, in which those motions are performed, do by no means come under the observation of our senses.
  10. I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.
  11. Opposite to godliness is atheism in profession, and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind, that it never had many professors.
  12. We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
  13. Plato is my friend; Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.
  14. Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
  15. There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible that in any profane history.
  16. The description of right lines and circles, upon which geometry is founded, belongs to mechanics. Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn.
  17. Religion and philosophy are to be preserved distinct. We are not to introduce divine revelations into philosophy, nor philosophical opinions into religion.
  18. ‘God’ is a relative word and has a respect to servants, and ‘Deity’ is the dominion of God, not over his own body, as those imagine who fancy God to be the soul of the world, but over servants.
  19. We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.
  20. God made and governs the world invisibly, and has commanded us to love and worship him and no other God; to honor our parents and masters, and love our neighbours as ourselves; and to be temperate, just, and peaceable, and to be merciful even to brute beasts.

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