1. When studying sciences, examples are more useful than rules.
2. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
3. To myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
4. There can be no sovereign in philosophy other than truth... We should erect monuments in gold to Kepler, Galileo, Cartesian, each bearing the inscription: “Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.”
5. Nature is simple and does not dally with excess causes of things.
6. I don’t make hypotheses.
7. I always keep in mind the subject of my research and am waiting patiently until the first glimmer slowly and gradually becomes a full and brilliant light.
8. Believe me, if my research have yielded some useful results, it is all due to my effort and patience.
9. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
10. Genius is the patience of thoughts, concentrated in a certain direction.