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John of Salisbury, in 1159, John wrote in his Metalogicon:

Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.

It was famously uttered by seventeenth-century scientist Isaac Newton, as the statement If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.