Si hubiera estado presente en la Creación, habría dado algunas indicaciones útiles.
Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.After studying Ptolemy's treatise on astronomy.; reported in Thomas Carlyle, History of Frederick the Great, book ii. chap. vii. Carlyle wrote that this saying of Alfonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, "that it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice," is still remembered by mankind, — this and no other of his many sayings.
If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking on creation thus, I should have recommended something simpler.Alfonso X Of CastileQuoted/paraphrased by Adam Riess in his Nobel Prize (in Physics 2011) lecture slides on Supernovae Reveal An Accelerating Universe (A Science Adventure Story)
Los que dejan al rey errar a sabiendas, merecen pena como traidores.Alfonso X Of CastileThose who knowingly allow the King to err deserve the same punishment as traitors.Quoted in Diccionario ilustrado de frases célebres y citas literarias (1952), by Vicente Vega
Quemad viejos leños, leed viejos libros, bebed viejos vinos, tened viejos amigos.Alfonso X Of CastileAs quoted in Aire puro para el amor y la amistad Betancourt, Luis Fernando 7a. reim., p. 165
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