The Life of Galileo

Andrea is the young son of Mrs. Sarti and a student of Galileo Galilei. Quick-witted and precocious, Andrea likes to question things and he even becomes something of a teacher himself when he attempts to explain Copernicus’ model to his mother. Andrea is the first to point out to Galileo when something he’s said doesn’t make sense or when a teaching method he’s used doesn’t really work. In this way, he shares the older man’s willingness to question authority. As he ages, Andrea becomes increasingly invested in Galileo’s work and is disgusted by Galileo’s decision to recant his research under threat of torture by the Inquisition. Still, Andrea remains loyal to Galileo and ultimately helps him to publish his final book.

Andrea Sarti Quotes in The Life of Galileo

The The Life of Galileo quotes below are all either spoken by Andrea Sarti or refer to Andrea Sarti. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Scene 1 Quotes

On our old continent a rumor sprang up: there might be new ones. And since our ships began sailing to them the laughing continents have got the message: the great ocean they feared, is a little puddle. And a vast desire has sprung up to know the reasons for everything: why a stone falls when you let it go and why it rises when you toss it up.

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), Andrea Sarti
Related Symbols: The Proving Stone
Page Number: 7
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Scene 4 Quotes

You're an idiot, and to hell with manners, just give it over or you'll start something.

Related Characters: Andrea Sarti (speaker), Cosimo de Medici
Page Number: 34
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Scene 13 Quotes

Wine-pump! Snail-eater! Did you save your precious skin?

Related Characters: Andrea Sarti (speaker), Galileo Galilei, The Little Monk, Federzoni
Page Number: 94
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Scene 14 Quotes

You were hiding the truth. From the enemy. Even in matters of ethics you were centuries ahead of us.

Related Characters: Andrea Sarti (speaker), Galileo Galilei
Page Number: 102
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The poverty of the many is as old as the hills, and from pulpit and lecture platform we hear that it is as hard as the hills to get rid of. Our new art of doubting delighted the mass audience. They tore the telescope out of our hands and trained it on their tormentors, the princes, landlords and priests. These selfish and domineering men, having greedily exploited the fruits of science, found that the cold eye of science had been turned on a primaeval but contrived poverty that could clearly be swept away if they were swept away themselves.

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), Andrea Sarti
Page Number: 104
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Andrea Sarti Character Timeline in The Life of Galileo

The timeline below shows where the character Andrea Sarti appears in The Life of Galileo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Andrea enters, carrying Galileo’s breakfast. He discusses the need for Galileo to pay the milkman, advice... (full context)
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Galileo shows Andrea a wooden model of the Ptolemaic astronomical system. The model shows the Earth at the... (full context)
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...of moving building materials after recognizing how they might do it more efficiently. Galileo tells Andrea that things which have never been doubted before are now beginning to be doubted. This... (full context)
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Galileo then quizzes Andrea on his lessons, specifically about the teachings of Copernicus, who argued that the Sun is... (full context)
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Sarti chastises both Galileo and Andrea for discussing such blasphemies as the Earth revolving around the... (full context)
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After Mrs. Sarti leaves, Galileo again tries to demonstrate to Andrea. This time, he uses an apple to... (full context)
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Ludovico enters with Mrs. Sarti and Galileo quizzes him. He discovers that Ludovico has been sent by his mother, who... (full context)
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...Ludovico leaves, Galileo agrees to take him on as a student. He then sends Mrs. Sarti off with a prescription for two glass lenses he wants made. (full context)
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Andrea returns with the apple and the lenses Galileo requested from Mrs. Sarti. Galileo begins constructing... (full context)
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Mrs. Sarti interrupts the two men to introduce the Procurator. He has arrived to tell Galileo the... (full context)
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...their discovery and declares loudly that Copernicus was right—there were no spheres. He calls for Andrea, while Sagredo tries to quiet him, telling him to think more slowly and calmly. Sagredo... (full context)
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Galileo has moved to Florence with his housekeeper (Mrs. Sarti), Andrea, and Virginia. Mrs. Sarti prepares for the arrival of the Grand Duke of Florence,... (full context)
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...plague has begun in Florence, and Cosimo sends a carriage to escort Galileo, Virginia, Mrs. Sarti, and Andrea to safety. Galileo makes sure that Virginia and Andrea get into the carriage,... (full context)
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Later, Galileo can’t find Mrs. Sarti and he goes out into the street looking for her. No one will talk to... (full context)
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Andrea begins to cry, and Galileo comforts him with news of all he’s discovered in the... (full context)
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...subject of Copernicus, he has amassed a group of pupils in the form of Federzoni, Andrea, and the Little Monk. The group is meeting when a former student enters. The student... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Virginia and Mrs. Sarti discuss Virginia’s engagement to Ludovico. Sarti feels that Virginia is taking their upcoming marriage too... (full context)
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The book is delivered to Federzoni, who can’t read the title, as it’s in Latin. Andrea reads it for him (it’s a book about sunspots that doesn’t interest any of them).... (full context)
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Andrea brings them back to their work at hand, using an experiment to test Aristotle’s hypothesis... (full context)
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In Rome, Virginia, Federzoni, the Little Monk, and Andrea await the outcome of Galileo’s questioning by the Inquisition. All of them are confident that... (full context)
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...and his statement is read to the public. His pupils rebel, and when Galileo appears, Andrea won’t so much as look at him. (full context)
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While Galileo is dictating a response to a clerical request for his opinion, Andrea (now middle-aged himself) appears at the door. He is leaving for Holland to conduct research,... (full context)
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When Andrea goes to leave after only a short talk, Galileo asks him why he bothered to... (full context)
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Andrea is amazed by this news and flabbergasted that this great work, which the entire world... (full context)
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Andrea makes it to the border of Italy. There’s a moment of trouble with the guards... (full context)