Galilei, Galileo, The systems of the world, 1661
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Though the difference between Men and other
living Creatures be very great, yet happly he that
ſhould ſay that he could ſhew little leſs between
Man and Man would not ſpeak more than he
might prove.
What proportion doth one bear to
and yet it is a common Proverb, One Man is
worth athouſand, when as a thouſand are not worth one. This difference
hath dependence upon the different abilities of their Intelle­
ctuals; which I reduce to the being, or not being a Philoſo­
pher; in regard that Philoſophy as being the proper food of
ſuch as live by it, diſtinguiſheth a Man from the common Eſ­
ſence of the Vulgar in a more or leſs honourable degree accord­
ing to the variety of that diet.
In this ſence he that hath the
higheſt looks, is of higheſt quality; and the turning over of
the great Volume of Nature, which is the proper Object of
Philoſophy is the way to make one look high: in which Book,
although whatſoever we read, as being the Work of Al­
mighty God, is therefore moſt proportionate; yet notwith­
ſtanding that is more abſolute and noble wherein we more
plainly deſerne his art and skill.
The Conſtitution of the Vnivers,
among all Phyſical points that fall within Humane Compre­
henſion, may, in my opinion, be preferred to the Precedency:
for if that in regard of univerſal extent it excell all others, it
ought as the Rule and Standard of the reſt to goe before
them in Nobility.
Now if ever any perſons might challenge
to be ſignally diſtinguiſhed for Intellectuals from other men;

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