Maria Mitchell In Her Own Words

Maria MitchellDec. 26, 1854. They were wonderful men, the early astronomers. That was a great conception, which now seems to us so simple. That the earth turns upon its axis and a still greater one that it revolves about the sun. To show this last was worth a man’s lifetime and it really almost cost the life of Galileo.

Sometimes we are ready to think that they had a wider field than us for speculation, that truth being all unknown it was easier to take the first steps in its paths, but is the region of truth limited? Is it not infinite? Is there less truth now than in the days of Galileo?