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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.
Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms.
Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
Not a few other very eminent and scholarly men made the same request, urging that I should no longer through fear refuse to give out my work for the common benefit of students of Mathematics.
Near the sun is the center of the universe.
Moreover, since the sun remains stationary, whatever appears as a motion of the sun is really due rather to the motion of the earth.
More stars in the north are seen not to set, while in the south certain stars are no longer seen to rise.
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
In so many and such important ways, then, do the planets bear witness to the earth's mobility.
I shall now recall to mind that the motion of the heavenly bodies is circular, since the motion appropriate to a sphere is rotation in a circle.
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.
I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.
For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study.
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