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There are seven windows in the head, two nostrils, two eyes, two ears and a mouth; so in the heavens there are two favourable stars , two unpropitious, two luminaries, and Mercury alone undecided and indifferent. From which and many other similar phenomena of nature, such as the seven metals, etc., which it were tedious to enumerate, we gather that the number of planets is necessarily seven.
  • Francesco Sizzi (argument against Galileo's discovery of the satellites of Jupiter)
Which is more useful, the Sun or the Moon? ...The Moon is the more useful, since it gives us light during the night, when it is dark, whereas the Sun shines only in the daytime, when it is light anyway.
  • Fictitious philosopher created by George Gamow

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