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Inspirational Gottfried Leibniz Quotes

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ( 1 July 1646 [O.S. 21 June] – November 14, 1716) was a German polymath and philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Gottfried Leibniz Quotes.

He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy, having developed differential and integral calculus independently of Isaac Newton. Leibniz’s notation has been widely used ever since it was published. It was only in the 20th century that his Law of Continuity and Transcendental Law of Homogeneity found mathematical implementation (by means of non-standard analysis).

He became one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators. While working on adding automatic multiplication and division to Pascal’s calculator, he was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator in 1685 and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator. He also refined the binary number system, which is the foundation of virtually all digital computers.

In philosophy, Leibniz is most noted for his optimism, i.e. his conclusion that our Universe is, in a restricted sense, the best possible one that God could have created, an idea that was often lampooned by others such as Voltaire. Leibniz, along with René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, was one of the three great 17th-century advocates of rationalism.

Leibniz’s contributions to this vast array of subjects were scattered in various learned journals, in tens of thousands of letters, and in unpublished manuscripts. He wrote in several languages, but primarily in Latin, French, and German. There is no complete gathering of the writings of Leibniz.

Gottfried Leibniz Quotes
Gottfried Leibniz Quotes

Gottfried Leibniz Quotes

“TO LOVE is to find pleasure in the happiness of others.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“Everything that is possible demands to exist.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“JUSTICE is charity in accordance with wisdom.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“Nature does not make leaps.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“Even in the games of children there are things to interest the greatest mathematician.”
Gottfried Leibniz quotes

“Only geometry can hand us the thread which will lead us through the labyrinth of the continuum’s composition, the maximum and the minimum, the infinitesimal and the infinite; and no one will arrive at a truly solid metaphysic except he who has passed through this [labyrinth].”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“To love is to be delighted by the happiness of someone, or to experience pleasure upon the happiness of another. I define this as true love.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of fact. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contingent and their opposites are possible.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“It is in a simple substance, and not in a compound or in a machine, that perception must be sought for.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“I am convinced that the unwritten knowledge scattered among men of different callings surpasses in quantity and in importance anything we find in books, and that the greater part of our wealth has yet to be recorded.”
Gottfried Leibniz

“Every substance is as a world apart, independent of everything else except God.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“As every present state of a simple substance is naturally a consequence of its preceding state, so its present is pregnant with its future.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“My philosophical views approach somewhat closely those of the late Countess of Conway, and hold a middle position between Plato and Democritus, because I hold that all things take place mechanically as Democritus and Descartes contend against the views of Henry More and his followers, and hold too, nevertheless, that everything takes place according to a living principle and according to final causes — all things are full of life and consciousness, contrary to the views of the Atomists.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“I do not believe that a world without evil, preferable in order to ours, is possible; otherwise it would have been preferred.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“As there are an infinity of possible worlds, there are also an infinity of laws, certain ones appropriate to one; others, to another, and each possible individual of any world involves in its concept the laws of its world.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“We never have a full demonstration, although there is always an underlying reason for the truth, even if it is only perfectly understood by God, who alone penetrated the infinite series in one stroke of the mind.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“Although the whole of this life were said to be nothing but a dream and the physical world nothing but a phantasm, I should call this dream or phantasm real enough, if, using reason well, we were never deceived by it.”
― Gottfried Leibniz quotes

“We never have a full demonstration, although there is always an underlying reason for the truth, even if it is only perfectly understood by God, who alone penetrated the infinite series in one stroke of the mind.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

“Although the whole of this life were said to be nothing but a dream and the physical world nothing but a phantasm, I should call this dream or phantasm real enough, if, using reason well, we were never deceived by it.”
― Gottfried Leibniz

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