Giordano Bruno (early 1548–February 17, 1600) was an Italian Hermetic occultist influenced greatly by Renaissance Hermeticism and the wisdom of Hermes Trismegistus, according to Historian Francis Yates. Bruno was also a mathematician and is known largely for his cosmological theories, including the universe is infinite, the stars are distant suns surrounded by planets, and life exists throughout the universe.

He was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition, found guilty, and burned at the stake for the following: denial of core Catholic doctrines, and belief of and teaching reincarnation.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Giordano Bruno.

“Magicians can do more by means of faith than physicians by the truth.”

“Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our sun. Living beings inhabit these worlds.”

“God is infinite, so His universe must be too. Thus is the excellence of God magnified and the greatness of His kingdom made manifest; He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds.”

“Nature is none other than God in all things. Animals and plants are living effects of Nature; Whence all of God is in all things.”

“I fought, and therefore, believed in my victory. There is more to the fact that I didn't fear death and preferred a brave death instead of a life of an idiot.”

“The Divine Light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it.”

“Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”

“All things are in the Universe, and the universe is in all things: we in it, and it in us; in this way everything concurs in a perfect unity.”

“When we consider the being and substance of that universe in which we are immutably set, we shall discover that neither we ourselves nor any substance doth suffer death. For nothing is in fact diminished in its substance, but all things, wandering through infinite space, undergo change of aspect.”

“The fools of the world have been those who have established religions, ceremonies, laws, faith, rule of life.”

“In space there are countless constellations, suns and planets; we see only the suns because they give light; the planets remain invisible, for they are small and dark. There are also numberless earths circling around their suns.”

“I need not instruct you of my belief: Time gives all and takes all away; everything changes but nothing perishes; One only is immutable, eternal and ever endures, one and the same with itself. With this philosophy my spirit grows, my mind expands. Whereof, however obscure the night may be, I await daybreak, and they who dwell in day look for night Rejoice therefore, and keep whole, if you can, and return love for love.”

“There is no absolute up or down, as Aristotle taught; no absolute position in space; but the position of a body is relative to that of other bodies. Everywhere there is incessant relative change in position throughout the universe, and the observer is always at the center of things.”

“I have held and hold souls to be immortal.... Speaking as a Catholic, they do not pass from body to body, but go to paradise, purgatory or hell. But I have reasoned deeply, and, speaking as a philosopher, since the soul is not found without body and yet is not body, it may be in one body or in another, and pass from body to body.”

“I await your sentence with less fear than you pass it. The time will come when all will see what I see.”

“I beg you, reject antiquity, tradition, faith, and authority! Let us begin anew by doubting everything we assume has been proven!”

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