Quotation by Thomas Aquinas

It is certain and evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion. Now whatever is moved is moved by another.... If that by which it is moved be itself moved, then this also must needs be moved by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover and, consequently, no other mover, seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are moved by the first mover, as the staff moves only because it is moved by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, moved by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.
Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274), Italian philosopher, theologian. trans. by Anton C. Pegis, Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologiae, I, q. 2, art. 3 (c. 1077-1078).
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