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Galileo Free Inspirational Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Saltaire, Yorkshire, England)

Weekly Wonder Online: 29

Galileo Galilei wonders...

"You can't teach anybody anything, only make them realize the answers are already inside them."

Listen to my thoughts about Galileo's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite part of West Yorkshire, this time the canal in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

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What I Wonder...

(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

So, as I say in the video, this Galileo inspirational quote is probably my absolute favourite quotation - because I believe it reveals a truth about our true power.

Because I believe it reveals that we don't need to seek wisdom from outside, but that we CAN trust to find it in ourselves.

Because I believe Galileo's quote enables us and empowers us - this is our life, my life and your life, and WE are in charge!

What's great about Galileo's inspirational quote, for me anyway, is that it vindicated my decision to build the Self Help Collective website in the first place:
  • This self-help site is... guru-free.
  • And in this inspirational quote Galileo advocates a guru-free approach to life, or rather the notion that YOU are your own guru!...

And I'd never really thought about this idea before reading his quotation.

And I never really knew I had a problem with gurus - self-help gurus, to be specific - until I decided to create my own self-help site.

I discovered that I didn't particularly like some clever-clogs man (or woman) who happened to have sorted his (or her) life out telling me that "it works for me, so it will work for you".

I discovered that I believed this to be false and unwise at best, and arrogance at worst. How can anyone know the truth for anyone OTHER THAN for themselves?

Hence the collective wisdom of Self Help Collective came about. After all, wherever we find ourselves in life, we all know something that others can benefit from, and we can all benefit from others' wisdom and experience too.

Just as long as, at the end of the day, we trust in ourselves first!

And that's what I think Galileo means by his famous inspirational quotation: trust in yourself!

That's what I say, anyway, in response to Galileo Galilei's quote.

As ever, though, I'd love to hear what you think too, I really would.

So please share your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Galileo quote! :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS And here are three more free inspirational quotes from Galileo Galilei

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself." (Is this the original of my Galileo quote?)

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him."

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thanks.

Comments for Galileo Free Inspirational Quotes

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Feb 14, 2011
Love Saltaire
by: Steve

I love Saltaire - a world heritage centre, don't you know - and I love this inspirational quote by Galileo.

Yep, it sums up this site. Nicely... :-)


Feb 14, 2011
Here's the thing for me
by: sandy

I'm so glad you posted this.

I started out on a journey in Self Help over 30 years ago and after exploration of just about every religion in the world (a long story) I realized that "religion" is not what I label "spirituality".

Religions seem to be made by man(woman) and unfortunately the words of "wise others" (I'll call them teachers, if you're a student and ready) were conceptualized by someone or some institutuion, labeled and called "religion".

So I don't like "joining" or "following" anyone or anything; but here's the thing for me: I do listen to others, gleam pearls of widom from them to shorten my learning curve.

And I [realized that some of the things they shared were "true"]; and how do I know that? because I "realized" from the wisdom within.

So the knowledge was inside and it was awakened when I heard another.

Perhaps if I never listened to any of these people, I'd still be in the same place I am today. But my inner wisdom tells me that a message I know to be true may just need to be awakened by another words.

In concert, I also read from all texts, religious or otherwise, and seek something I resonate with. I try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater(for lack of a better analogy..smile)

Thank you for this message today.

Feb 14, 2011
Are we making up our own truth?
by: Anonymous

Goodness me, I had the same idea that everybody makes his or her own truth , after reading only halfway down the page. I too, was thinking that the truth is not the same for everybody. It means exactly that the truth is in the eye of the beholder.
Just like a person may be beautiful in somebody's eyes and not in somebody else's. Right?

By the looks of it, our emotional intelligence as well as our upbringing and education has much to do on how we perceive something.

A man from London UK told me the other day that he loves the rain, while he was smoking outside in front of a pub according to a new Spain anti smoking law. Rain drops were running from his forehead. He emphasized again that every true Englishman loves the rain. That must be a truth that has or become cliché or it is really what this guy believes or wants to believe. In his eyes, so to speak...

Just imagine another side of this realization...
If a man could decide on its own truth really, laws would become questionable? We cannot just follow our own ideas, no matter how much we believe in them.
A criminal who thinks he has all the right to kill certain persons may do so because he follows his own truth. Yet, it may be his twisted mind which may make him think so. This is definitely leading too far and will harm society. So our own truth may be a mistaken truth if it is not something that is for the benefit of all.

Enough now and lets still leave something to a good lawyer to argue about.

Feb 14, 2011
Making our own truth
by: sandra

I don't know " the answer"; but one thing I know for sure I've seen some miserable things coming from "religious folks" and I've seen some fantastic things coming from secular folks & I've seen good and bad from both.

At the end of the day it is not what you call yourself or practice or follow, it's who you are inside and what you give to the world.

No labels; just peace. (And this could or could not be relative)

Thanks for adding this to the conversation.

Feb 15, 2011
Galileo quote
by: Carol

I agree with the last comment, we need to do as we would be done to, treat others as we would like to be treated, respect as we would like to be respected, as simple as that

Apr 05, 2011
What is Truth?
by: Anonymous

The Holy Bible promises that truth can be found in the word therein, Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

One might ask, did Jesus know the truth from within or did his Father reveal it to him?

Ever since I was a young boy I have been seeking to know the truth. I used to pray that a guardian angel would reveal himself to me and tell me the truth so that I may believe.

But hence, no angel materialized.

I appreciate that it must be something within all of us that seeks to know answers like these...

* Why are we here?
* Is there life after death?
* What is my purpose and how can it be realized?

I appreciate your thought provoking video post. Thankyou

Oct 16, 2013
Agree with Galileo
by: Jim

I agree with your assesments. We live in a culture of hero worshipers where we tend to look for the answers in others when we have it in ourselfs (the purloined Letter )

Thanks for your thougths

Oct 18, 2014
I Believe
by: Carolyn

thank you for helping me to recognize & believe in my inner wisdom called truth .

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