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first mover
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  • Aristotle called this the "first mover," or "God."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Now Heaven in all her glory shone, and rolled Her motions, as the great first Mover’s hand First wheeled their course: Earth in her rich attire Consummate lovely smiled; air, water, earth, By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walked, Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remained: There wanted yet the master-work, the end Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone And brute as other creatures, but endued With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • For of them that are the first movers in the disturbance of Common-wealth, (which can never happen without a Civill Warre,) very few are left alive long enough, to see their new Designes established: so that the benefit of their Crimes, redoundeth to Posterity, and such as would least have wished it: which argues they were not as wise, as they thought they were.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The "first mover" is itself at rest, but it is the "formal cause" of the movement of the heavenly bodies, and thus of all movement in nature.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • For him, God was the ’formal cause’ or ’first mover.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • …to the next and immediate cause thereof, and from thence to the cause of that cause, and plonge himselfe profoundly in the pursuit of causes; shall at last come to this, that there must be (as even the Heathen Philosophers confessed) one First Mover; that is, a First, and an Eternall cause of all things; which is that which men mean by the name of God: And all this without thought of their fortune; the solicitude whereof, both enclines to fear, and hinders them from the search of…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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