The Life of Galileo

by

Bertolt Brecht

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Sagredo is a minor character who serves as a “canary in the coal mine” for Galileo. He does this by reminding the astronomer of the real-world consequences of his theories, which include, among other things, the possibility of being burned at stake. Sagredo is nevertheless an intellectually curious character who is willing to accept Galileo’s ideas with sufficient proof.

Sagredo Quotes in The Life of Galileo

The The Life of Galileo quotes below are all either spoken by Sagredo or refer to Sagredo. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Life of Galileo published in 2008.
Scene 2 Quotes

I'm telling you astronomy has stagnated for the last thousand years because they had no telescope.

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), Sagredo
Page Number: 19
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What you're seeing is the fact that there is no difference between heaven and earth. Today is 10 January 1610. Today mankind can write in its diary: Got rid of Heaven.

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), Sagredo
Page Number: 22
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[T]he horny-handed old woman who gives her mule an extra bundle of hay on the eve of a journey, the sea captain who allows for storms and doldrums when laying in stores, the child who puts on his cap once they have convinced

him that it may rain: these are the people I pin my hopes to, because they all accept proof. Yes, I believe in reason's gentle tyranny over people. Sooner or later they have to give in to it.

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), Sagredo
Page Number: 27
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Copernicus, don't forget, wanted them to believe his figures; but I only want them to believe their eyes.

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), Sagredo
Page Number: 30
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Sagredo Character Timeline in The Life of Galileo

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Galileo doesn’t have much interest in these festivities, he tells his friend Sagredo, even though the telescope has made him money (including securing his raise from the university).... (full context)
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Galileo and Sagredo are looking through his telescope at the moon. Sagredo struggles to understand what he’s seeing,... (full context)
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Sagredo asks if Galileo knew about the Dutch telescopes beforehand. Galileo confirms that he did, but... (full context)
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The two men return to the telescope, though Sagredo admits that he’s scared to see what else Galileo will show him. They look at... (full context)
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By way of explaining, Sagredo asks Galileo where God is if He’s not in the Heavens, which angers Galileo. Galileo... (full context)
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...tells Virginia that he’s written to the Grand Duke of Florence, asking for a job. Sagredo bristles at this, because Florence is run by monks who will not accept Galileo’s attacks... (full context)