English mathematician and scientist
I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open little by little into the full light.
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.
The description of right lines and circles, upon which geometry is founded, belongs to mechanics. Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier sea shell than ordinary whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
The latest authors, like the most ancient, strove to subordinate the phenomena of nature to the laws of mathematics.