Johannes Kepler Quote

The heavenly bodies are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which... sets landmarks in the immeasurable flow of time. It is therefore, no longer surprising that man, in imitation of his creator, has at last discovered the art of figured song, which was unknown to the ancients. Man wanted to reproduce the continuity of cosmic time... to obtain a sample test of the delight of the Divine Creator in His works, and to partake of his joy by making music in the imitation of God.


Book V, Ch. 7 as quoted in Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers (1959) - Harmonices Mundi (1618)

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The heavenly bodies are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which... sets...

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The heavenly bodies are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which... sets...

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The heavenly bodies are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which... sets...

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The heavenly bodies are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which... sets...