If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking on creation thus, I should have recommended something simpler.
Quoted/paraphrased by Adam Riess in his Nobel Prize (in Physics 2011) lecture slides on Supernovae Reveal An Accelerating Universe (A Science Adventure Story)
Si hubiera estado presente en la Creación, habría dado algunas indicaciones útiles.Alfonso X Of CastileHad 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.
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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