I recently saw an image where this quote

Non temete nuotare contro il torrente, è d'un anima sordida pensare come il volgo, perché il volgo è in maggioranza

is attributed to 16th Century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno.

Searching for it on Google returns several results (mostly people using it as "signature" in discussion forums, this article, and the quote at the beginning of this book) attributing it to Giordano Bruno, but I can't find it anywhere on Wikiquote (for example).

The sentence can be translated to:

Do not be afraid to swim against the torrent [i.e. upstream], it is of a sordid soul to think like the common people, because the common people are always the majority.

Did Giordano Bruno ever said anything to that effect?

  • Well, more than two dozen of Bruno's works in Italian and Latin survive, however, I can find no particular mention of this in McIntyre's 1903 opus Giordano Bruno.
    – bishop
    Sep 6, 2018 at 15:02
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    @bishop - so..... must be Einstein? Sep 6, 2018 at 17:20
  • @PoloHoleSet Clearly. :p My hope is another soul will brave the collected works and provide a more definite answer.
    – bishop
    Sep 6, 2018 at 17:22


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