Giordano Bruno Quotes

Giordano Bruno Italian Philosopher and new Prometeo
Giordano Bruno Italian Philosopher and new Prometeo

linedividerIn tristitia hilaris, in hilaritate tristis.
Giordano Bruno

To ask the power to reform itself, what a dullness!
Giordano Bruno

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
Giordano Bruno

Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind.
Giordano Bruno

It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.
Giordano Bruno

There is no law governing all things.
Giordano Bruno

Time takes all and gives all.
Giordano Bruno

With luck on your side, you can do without brains.
Giordano Bruno

Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
Giordano Bruno

Perchance you who pronounce my sentence are in greater fear than I who receive it.
Giordano Bruno

Unless you make yourself equal to God, you cannot understand God: for the like is not intelligible save to the like. Make yourself grow to a greatness beyond measure, by a bound free yourself from the body; raise yourself above all time, become Eternity; then you will understand God.
Giordano Bruno

Believe that nothing is impossible for you, think yourself immortal and capable of understanding all, all arts, all sciences, the nature of every living being. Mount higher than the highest height; descend lower than the lowest depth. Draw into yourself all sensations of everything created, fire and water, dry and moist, imagining that you are everywhere, on earth, in the sea, in the sky, that you are not yet born, in the maternal womb, adolescent, old, dead, beyond death. If you embrace in your thought all things at once, times, places, substances, qualities, quantities, you may understand God.
Giordano Bruno

They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience.
Giordano Bruno

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
Giordano Bruno

That I shall sink in death, I know must be; But with that death of mine what life will die?
Giordano Bruno

The Divine Light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it.
Giordano Bruno

The fools of the world have been those who have established religions, ceremonies, laws, faith, rule of life. The greatest asses of the world are those who, lacking all understanding and instruction, and void of all civil life and custom, rot in perpetual pedantry.
Giordano Bruno

Her beauty is not small, for the lord of all things taketh delight in her. Her I have loved and diligently sought from my youth up.
Giordano Bruno

All things are in the Universe, and the universe is in all things: we in it, and it in us; in this way everything concurs in a perfect unity.
Giordano Bruno

In space there are countless constellations, suns and planets; we see only the suns because they give light; the planets remain invisible, for they are small and dark. There are also numberless earths circling around their suns…
Giordano Bruno

The universe comprises all being in a totality; for nothing that exists is outside or beyond infinite being, as the latter has no outside or beyond.
Giordano Bruno

Pray, O pray to God, dear friends, if you are not already asses — that he will cause you to become asses.
Giordano Bruno

If all things are in common among friends, the most precious is Wisdom.
Giordano Bruno

The Divine Light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it.
Giordano Bruno

Perchance you who pronounce my sentence are in greater fear than I who receive it.
Giordano Bruno

If the butterfly wings its way to the sweet light that attracts it, it’s only becasue it doesn’t know that the fire can consume it.
Giordano Bruno

Desire urges me on, while fear bridals me.
Giordano Bruno

Oh holy asinity! holy ignorance! Holy foolishness and pious devotion! You who alone do more to advance and make souls good than human ingenuity and study.
Giordano Bruno

The infinity of All ever bringing forth anew, and even as infinite space is around us, so is infinite potentiality, capacity, reception, malleability, matter.
Giordano Bruno

Our philosophy… reduceth to a single origin and relateth to a single end, and maketh contraries to coincide so that there is one primal foundation both of origin and of end. From this coincidence of contraries, we deduce that ultimately it is divinely true that contraries are within contraries; wherefore it is not difficult to compass the knowledge that each thing is within every other.
Giordano Bruno

Anything we take in the universe, because it has in itself that which is All in All, includes in its own way the entire soul of the world, which is entirely in any part of it.
Giordano Bruno

All things are in all.
Giordano Bruno

There is none who praiseth not the golden age when men were asses: they knew not how to work the land. One knew not how to dominate another, one understood no more than another; caves and caverns were their refuge; they were not so well covered nor so jealous nor were they confections of lust and of greed. Everything was held in common.
Giordano Bruno

Even to have come forth is something, since I see that being able to conquer is placed in the hands of fate. However, there was in me, whatever I was able to do, that which no future century will deny to be mine, that which a victor could have for his own: Not to have feared to die, not to have yielded to any equal in firmness of nature, and to have preferred a courageous death to a noncombatant life.
Giordano Bruno

The universal Intellect is the intimate, most real, peculiar and powerful part of the soul of the world.
Giordano Bruno

I understand Being in all and over all, as there is nothing without participation in Being, and there is no being without Essence. Thus nothing can be free of the Divine Presence.
Giordano Bruno

Natura est deus in rebus
Giordano Bruno

The single spirit doth simultaneously temper the whole together; this is the single soul of all things; all are filled with God.
Giordano Bruno

The wise soul feareth not death; rather she sometimes striveth for death, she goeth beyond to meet her. Yet eternity maintaineth her substance throughout time, immensity throughout space, universal form throughout motion.
Giordano Bruno

Heroic love is the property of those superior natures who are called insane (insano) not because they do not know, but because they over-know.
Giordano Bruno

If it is not true it is very well invented.
Giordano Bruno

Since I have spread my wings to purpose high, The more beneath my feet the clouds I see, The more I give the winds my pinions free, Spurning the earth and soaring to the sky.
Giordano Bruno

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