A powerful and intelligent Being

Isaac Newton:

“This beautiful system composed of the Sun, the planets and the comets could not have been created by the advice and dominion of a powerful and intelligent Being … The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect. ”

Of the Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Book III by Isaac Newton
Newton’s Philosophy of Nature : Selections from his writings. New York: H.S. Thayer, Hafner Library of Classics: 1953.


Isaac Newton
(Woolsthorpe, England, 1643 – 1727)
Founder of classical theoretical physics
He was the first to demonstrate that the laws that govern movement on Earth and those that govern the movement of celestial bodies are the same.


“In the absence of another test, the thumb alone would convince me of the existence of God.”

Answering an atheist friend

“This is nothing but an insignificant imitation of a much larger system whose laws you know, and I can not convince you that this simple toy has no designer and maker, but you affirm To believe that the great original from which this design was taken has come into existence without a designer or a doer! ”

Note: Newton answering an atheist friend in reference to a mechanical toy built in wood and that imitated the solar system.

“I find more signs of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.”

In An Apology for the Bible , 1806, p.57. From Richard Watson


“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is the truth”.

From his Extract from Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae (Some Philosophical Questions) , in Latin (c. 1664))



“All force exerted on a body is directly proportional to the acceleration it will experience”

“The truth always lies in simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things”.

“What we know is a drop of water, what we do not know is the ocean.”

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

See citations in Wikiquote



“Gravity explains the movements of the planets, but can not explain who puts the planets in motion.”

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

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