The UK Bible Students
Herbert Spencer On Motion And Rest
Spencer, First Principles (1911; Williams & Norgate, London),
‘Once more there is the old puzzle concerning the connexion between
Motion and Rest.
A body travelling at a given velocity cannot be brought to a state
of rest, or no velocity, without passing through all intermediate velocities.
It is quite possible to think of its motion as diminishing
insensibly until it becomes infinitesimal; and many will think equally possible
to pass in thought from infinitesimal motion to no motion.
But this is an error.
Mentally follow out the decreasing velocity as long as you please,
and there still remains some velocity; and the smallest movement is separated by
an impassable gap from no movement. As something, however minute, is infinitely
great in comparison with nothing; so is even the least conceivable motion
infinite as compared with rest.’