Good Quotes – Part 2

Last week I did some good quotes from various people throughout history, but now I’d like to focus on one person who influenced this world in an unfathomable way – Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Here I have displayed some quotes from various places, including one of his books, Philosiphiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. (Quotes are not placed in the original order, but they still are written with the original spelling of his time.)

“God governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion He is wont to be called Lord God, which is a literal translation from the Greek, or Universal Ruler. The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect; but a being, however perfect, without dominion, cannot be said to be Lord God; for we say, my God, your God, the God of Israel, the God of Gods, and Lord of Lords; but we do not say my Eternal, your Eternal, the Eternal of Israel, the Eternal of Gods. And from his true dominion it follows that the true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful Being; and, from His other perfections, that He is supreme, or most perfect. He is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, His duration reaches from eternity to eternity, His presence from infinity to infinity; He governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done…”

“Such people suppose the moon, moon, and stars, the souls of men, and other parts of the world, to be parts of the Supreme God, and therefore to be worshipped; but erroneously. It is allowed by all that the Supreme God exists necessarily; and by the same necessity He exists always and everywhere. As a blind man has no idea of colors, so have we no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things…”

“We know Him by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things, and final causes. We admire him for His perfections. We reverence and adore him on account of His dominion, for we adore Him as his servants; and a god without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but Fate and Nature. I like to call Fate and Nature ‘Blind metaphysical necessity’. Blind metaphysical necessity is the same always and everywhere. It could not produce a variety of things, like the eye, ear, and other organs. It could not produce the diversity of complex animals in this world. All the diversity of natural things which we find suited to different times and places could arise from nothing but the ideas and will of a Being necessarily existing.”

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centres of other like systems, these, being formed by the like wise counsel, must be all subject to the dominion of One.”

“It is un-philosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of Nature. For while comets move in very eccentric orbs in all manner of positions, blind fate could never make all the planets move one and the same ways in orbs concentric. Such a wonderful uniformity in the planetary system must be allowed the effect of choice. And so must the uniformity in the bodies of animals, they having generally a right and a left side shaped alike, and on either side of their bodies two legs behind, and either two arms, or two legs, or two wings before upon their shoulders. Also the first contrivance of those very artificial parts of animals, the eyes, ears, brain, muscles, lungs, midriff, glands, larynx, hands, wings, swimming bladders, natural spectacles, and other organs of sense and motion; the instinct of brutes and insects can be the effect of nothing else than the wisdom and skill of a powerful, ever-living agent, who being in all places, is more able by His will to move the bodies within His boundless uniform sensorium, and thereby to form and reform the parts of the Universe, then we are by our will to move the parts of our own bodies.”

“We must believe that He was crucified being slain at the Passover as a propitiary sacrifice for us, that in gratitude We may give Him honour and Glory and Blessing as the Lamb of God which was slain and hath redeemed us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”

“For so far as we can know by natural philosophy what is the First Cause, what power He has over us, and what benefits we receive from Him, so far our duty towards Him, as well as that towards one another, will appear to us by the light of Nature. And no doubt, if the worship of false gods had not blinded the heathen, their moral philosophy would have gone farther than to the four cardinal virtues; and instead of teaching the transmigration of souls, and to worship the Sun and Moon, and dead heroes, they would have taught us to worship our true Author and Benefactor, as their ancestors did under the government of Noah and his sons before they corrupted themselves.”

“The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect. Yet to us there is but one God the Father of whom are all things & we in Him & one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are all things & we by Him, that is, but one God & one Lord in our worship: ‘One God and mediator between God and man the man Christ Jesus. We must believe that He was crucified being slain at the Passover as a propitiary sacrifice for us, that in gratitude We may give Him honour, and Glory and Blessing as the Lamb of God which was slain and hath redeemed us and washed us of our sins in His own blood and made us Kings and Priests unto God His Father. We must believe that He rose again from the dead that we may expect the like resurrection and that He ascended into heaven to prepare a place or mansion for the blessed that by the expectation of such a glorious & incorruptible inheritance we may endeavor to deserve it.”

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3 thoughts on “Good Quotes – Part 2

  1. Nice quotes, dude! I like ’em!

    P.S. Tell me you could copy and paste these from somewhere and didn’t type these out of a book?

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