"For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Nicolaus Copernicus on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Nicolaus Copernicus on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Nicolaus Copernicus on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Nicolaus Copernicus on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Nicolaus Copernicus on Thomas Jefferson
"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."
"Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun."
"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."
"So, influenced by these advisors and this hope, I have at length allowed my friends to publish the work, as they had long besought me to do."
"To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge."