Giordano Bruno

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Macmillan, 1903 - Philosophers - 365 pages
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Page 22 - Europe, a philosopher approved and honorably received, a stranger with none but the uncivilised and ignoble, a wakener of sleeping minds, tamer of presumptuous and obstinate ignorance, who in all respects professes a general love of man, and cares not for the Italian more than for the Briton, male more than female, the mitre more than the crown, the toga more than the coat of mail, the cowled more than the uncowled; but loves him who in intercourse is the more peaceable, polite, friendly and useful—...
Page 21 - Bachelors and Masters of Arts who did not faithfully follow Aristotle, were liable to a fine of five shillings for every point of divergence, or for every fault committed against the Organon. Bruno wittily called Oxford the widow of sound learning —
Page 56 - Her have I loved and sought from my youth, and desired for my spouse, and have become a lover of her form... and I prayed that... she might be sent to abide with me, and work with me, that I might know what I lacked..
Page 31 - diva", not as a religious attribute, but as that kind of epithet which the ancients used to give to princes, and in England where I then was and where I composed this book, this title of "diva" used to be given to the Queen. And I was the more induced to name her thus because she knew me, for I was continually going with the ambassador to court. And I know that I erred in praising this lady, she being a heretic, and above all in attributing to her the name of "diva...
Page 224 - ... 70. Thus we see that each living body has a dominant entelechy. which in the animal is the soul: but the limbs of this living body are full of other living beings.
Page 76 - I believe in an infinite universe, the effect of the infinite divine potency, because it has seemed to me unworthy of the divine goodness and power to create a finite world, when able to produce besides it another and others infinite; so that I have declared that there are endless particular worlds similar to this of the Earth ; with Pythagoras I regard it as a star, and similar to it are the moon, the planets, and other stars, which are infinite, and all these bodies are worlds...
Page 99 - O genus attonitum gelidae formidine mortis ! quid Styga, quid tenebras et nomina vana timetis, materiem vatum, falsique pericula mundi? 1,55 corpora sive rogus flamma, seu tabe vetustas abstulerit, mala posse pati non ulla putetis. morte carent animae, semperque, priore relicta sede, novis domibus vivunt habitantque receptae.
Page 99 - Nothing matters except the good will, the willing fulfilment of the purpose of God. Success or failure does not depend on the individual but on other factors as well. Giordano Bruno says: "I have fought, that is much, victory is in the hands of fate.
Page 356 - Grevil, servant to Queen Elizabeth, councillor to King James, and friend to Sir Philip Sidney.
Page 76 - ... this of the earth, which, with Pythagoras, I understand to be a star similar in nature with the moon, the other planets, and the other stars, which are infinite ; and that all those bodies are worlds, and without number, which thus constitute the infinite universality in an infinite space, and this is called the infinite universe, in which are innumerable worlds, so that there is a double kind of infinite greatness in the universe, and of a multitude of worlds. Indirectly, this may be understood...

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