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Michel de Nostredame (depending on the source, 14 or 21 December 1503 – 1 or 2 July 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Prophéties, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events. The book was first published in 1555.

Nostradamus's father's family had originally been Jewish, but had converted to Catholic Christianity a generation before he was born. He studied at the University of Avignon, but was forced to leave after just over a year when the university closed due to an outbreak of the plague. He worked as an apothecary for several years before entering the University of Montpellier, hoping to earn a doctorate, but was almost immediately expelled after his work as an apothecary (a manual trade forbidden by university statutes) was discovered. He first married in 1531, but his wife and two children died in 1534 during another plague outbreak. He fought alongside doctors against the plague before remarrying to Anne Ponsarde, with whom he had six children. He wrote an almanac for 1550 and, as a result of its success, continued writing them for future years as he began working as an astrologer for various wealthy patrons. Catherine de' Medici became one of his foremost supporters. His Les Prophéties, published in 1555, relied heavily on historical and literary precedent, and initially received mixed reception. He suffered from severe gout toward the end of his life, which eventually developed into edema. He died on 1 or 2 July 1566. Many popular authors have retold apocryphal legends about his life.

In the years since the publication of his Les Prophéties, Nostradamus has attracted many supporters, who, along with much of the popular press, credit him with having accurately predicted many major world events. Most academic sources reject the notion that Nostradamus had any genuine supernatural prophetic abilities and maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus's quatrains are the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate). These academics also argue that Nostradamus's predictions are characteristically vague, meaning they could be applied to virtually anything, and are useless for determining whether their author had any real prophetic powers.

Quote: The young man, born to rule England, which his dying father commended to him. Once his father is dead, London will cavil. The kingdom is taken back from his son. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The young man, born to rule England, which his dying father commended to him. Once his father is dead, London will cavil. The kingdom is taken back from his son.


Quote: Franco will bring the army from Castille. The ambassador will complain, causing a schism. Rivera's men will be part of the force. The great man will be denied entry to the gulf. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Franco will bring the army from Castille. The ambassador will complain, causing a schism. Rivera's men will be part of the force. The great man will be denied entry to the gulf.


Quote: After there is great trouble among mankind, a greater one is prepared. The great mover of the universe will renew time, rain, blood, thirst, famine, steel weapons and disease. In the heavens, a fire seen. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

After there is great trouble among mankind, a greater one is prepared. The great mover of the universe will renew time, rain, blood, thirst, famine, steel weapons and disease. In the heavens, a fire seen.


Quote: When twenty years of the Moon's reign have passed another will take up his reign for seven thousand years. When the exhausted Sun takes up his cycle then my prophecy and threats will be accomplished. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

When twenty years of the Moon's reign have passed another will take up his reign for seven thousand years. When the exhausted Sun takes up his cycle then my prophecy and threats will be accomplished.


Quote: For the demise of the Latin monarch, he who will reign with help and support will burn a brilliant fire. The Republic's booty divided and its bold dream disappeared. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

For the demise of the Latin monarch, he who will reign with help and support will burn a brilliant fire. The Republic's booty divided and its bold dream disappeared.


Quote: The body without soul is no longer at the sacrifice. At the day of death it come to rebirth. The divine spirit will make the soul rejoice seeing the eternity of the world. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The body without soul is no longer at the sacrifice. At the day of death it come to rebirth. The divine spirit will make the soul rejoice seeing the eternity of the world.


Quote: The third big war will begin when the big city is burning. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.


Quote: From the calm morning, the end will come when of the dancing horse the number of circles will be nine. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

From the calm morning, the end will come when of the dancing horse the number of circles will be nine.


Quote: We need god to prosper those without him will not. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

We need god to prosper those without him will not.


Quote: The year 1999, seventh month, or simply sept From the sky will come a great King of Terror. To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, Before and after Mars to reign by good luck. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The year 1999, seventh month, or simply sept From the sky will come a great King of Terror. To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.


Quote: In the City of God there will be a great thunder, 

 Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, 

 while the fortress endures, 

 the great leader will succumb, 

 The third big war will begin when the big city is burning. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

In the City of God there will be a great thunder,

Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,

while the fortress endures,

the great leader will succumb,

The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.


Quote: Mankind will discover objects in space sent to us by the watchers. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Mankind will discover objects in space sent to us by the watchers.


Quote: For a long time, I have been making many predictions, far in advance, of events since come to pass, naming the particular locality. I acknowledge all to have been accomplished through divine power and inspiration. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

For a long time, I have been making many predictions, far in advance, of events since come to pass, naming the particular locality. I acknowledge all to have been accomplished through divine power and inspiration.


Quote: To the Spains will come a very powerful king, by land and sea subjugating the South; This will cause harm, lowering again the crescent, clipping the wings of those of Friday. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

To the Spains will come a very powerful king, by land and sea subjugating the South; This will cause harm, lowering again the crescent, clipping the wings of those of Friday.


Quote: Come the millennium, month 12, In the home of greatest power, The village idiot will come forth To be acclaimed the leader. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Come the millennium, month 12, In the home of greatest power, The village idiot will come forth To be acclaimed the leader.


Quote: Understanding created by the intellect cannot be acquired by means of the occult, only by the aid of the zodiac, bringing forth that small flame by whose light part of the future may be discerned. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Understanding created by the intellect cannot be acquired by means of the occult, only by the aid of the zodiac, bringing forth that small flame by whose light part of the future may be discerned.


Quote: The army of the sea shall stand before the city, then shall go away for a passage that shall not be very long, as a great prey of citizens shall be holding the ground. The fleet returns. The great emblem recovered. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The army of the sea shall stand before the city, then shall go away for a passage that shall not be very long, as a great prey of citizens shall be holding the ground. The fleet returns. The great emblem recovered.


Quote: One whom the infernal gods of Hannibal will cause to be reborn, terror of mankind; never more horror nor worse days in the past than will come to the Romans through Babel. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

One whom the infernal gods of Hannibal will cause to be reborn, terror of mankind; never more horror nor worse days in the past than will come to the Romans through Babel.


Quote: The year 1999, seventh month, from the sky will come a great King of Terror: to bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, before and after Mars to reign by good luck. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The year 1999, seventh month, from the sky will come a great King of Terror: to bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, before and after Mars to reign by good luck.


Quote: Through the feigned fury of divine emotion, the wife of the great one will be badly wronged. Judges, wishing to condemn such a doctrine, the victim will be sacrificed to the ignorant people. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Through the feigned fury of divine emotion, the wife of the great one will be badly wronged. Judges, wishing to condemn such a doctrine, the victim will be sacrificed to the ignorant people.


Quote: A soldier of fortune with twisted tongue will come to pillage the sanctuary of the gods; To the heretics he will open the gate, thus stirring up the Church militant. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

A soldier of fortune with twisted tongue will come to pillage the sanctuary of the gods; To the heretics he will open the gate, thus stirring up the Church militant.


Quote: It is the circuit of the great ruinous deed when the name of the seventh is that of the fifth; when the third, even greater, the warlike stranger will take Paris, nor will Provence save her. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

It is the circuit of the great ruinous deed when the name of the seventh is that of the fifth; when the third, even greater, the warlike stranger will take Paris, nor will Provence save her.


Quote: When the venerable pontiff's hour has come, a Roman of good age shall be elected, of whom it will be said that he dishonored his throne though he held it long, with virtuous acts. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

When the venerable pontiff's hour has come, a Roman of good age shall be elected, of whom it will be said that he dishonored his throne though he held it long, with virtuous acts.


Quote: Born in poverty, he will take supreme power. He will bankrupt the country. Raising an army in the Milanese marches, he will drain Faenza and Florence of gold and people. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Born in poverty, he will take supreme power. He will bankrupt the country. Raising an army in the Milanese marches, he will drain Faenza and Florence of gold and people.


Quote: Events of human origin are uncertain, but all is regulated and governed by the incalculable power of God, inspiring us not through drunken fury nor by frantic movement, but through the influences of the stars. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Events of human origin are uncertain, but all is regulated and governed by the incalculable power of God, inspiring us not through drunken fury nor by frantic movement, but through the influences of the stars.


Quote: From the depths of the West of Europe, a young child will be born of poor people, he who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; his fame will increase towards the realm of the East. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

From the depths of the West of Europe, a young child will be born of poor people, he who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; his fame will increase towards the realm of the East.


Quote: The religion of the name of the seas will triumph against the sect of the son of Adaluncatif; The obstinate, lamented sect will be fearful of the two wounded by Aleph and Aleph. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The religion of the name of the seas will triumph against the sect of the son of Adaluncatif; The obstinate, lamented sect will be fearful of the two wounded by Aleph and Aleph.


Quote: In the city that the wolf enters, enemies will be close by. An alien force will sack a great country. Allies will cross the mountains and the borders. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

In the city that the wolf enters, enemies will be close by. An alien force will sack a great country. Allies will cross the mountains and the borders.


Quote: The year 1999, seventh month, from Heaven will come a great king of terror: to bring back to life the great King of Angolmois. Before and after Mars to reign by good luck. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The year 1999, seventh month, from Heaven will come a great king of terror: to bring back to life the great King of Angolmois. Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.


Quote: Because of the vulgar advent, I decided to give way and, by dark and cryptic sentences, tell of the causes of the future mutation of mankind; especially the most urgent ones, and the ones I perceived, and in a manner that would not upset their fragile sentiments. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Because of the vulgar advent, I decided to give way and, by dark and cryptic sentences, tell of the causes of the future mutation of mankind; especially the most urgent ones, and the ones I perceived, and in a manner that would not upset their fragile sentiments.


Quote: Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth will cause tremors around the New City. Two great rocks will war for a long time, then Arethusa will redden a new river. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth will cause tremors around the New City. Two great rocks will war for a long time, then Arethusa will redden a new river.


Quote: Despite all the silver of Diana and Mercury, their images will be found on the lake. For the sculptor looking for new clay, he and his people will be flooded with gold. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Despite all the silver of Diana and Mercury, their images will be found on the lake. For the sculptor looking for new clay, he and his people will be flooded with gold.


Quote: The great Satyr and Tiger of Hyrcania presents a gift to those of the Ocean; A fleet's chief will set out from Carmania, one who will take land at the Tyrren Phocaean. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The great Satyr and Tiger of Hyrcania presents a gift to those of the Ocean; A fleet's chief will set out from Carmania, one who will take land at the Tyrren Phocaean.




Quote: In the third month, the sun rising, the Boar and the Leopard on the field of Mars to fight; The tired Leopard raises its eye to the heavens, sees an eagle playing around the sun. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

In the third month, the sun rising, the Boar and the Leopard on the field of Mars to fight; The tired Leopard raises its eye to the heavens, sees an eagle playing around the sun.


Quote: On the fields of Media, of Arabia, and of Armenia, two great armies will assemble thrice. The host near the bank of the Araxes, they will fall in the land of the great Suleiman. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

On the fields of Media, of Arabia, and of Armenia, two great armies will assemble thrice. The host near the bank of the Araxes, they will fall in the land of the great Suleiman.


Quote: The blood of the just will be demanded of London, burnt by fire in the year '66. The ancient Lady will fall from her high place, and many of the same sect will be killed. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The blood of the just will be demanded of London, burnt by fire in the year '66. The ancient Lady will fall from her high place, and many of the same sect will be killed.


Quote: Five and forty steps the sky will burn. Fire approaching the large new city. Instantly a great thin flame will leap, when someone will want to test the Normans. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Five and forty steps the sky will burn. Fire approaching the large new city. Instantly a great thin flame will leap, when someone will want to test the Normans.


Quote: Sham liberty will be proclaimed everywhere. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Sham liberty will be proclaimed everywhere.


Quote: That which neither weapon nor flame could accomplish will be achieved by a sweet speaking tongue in council. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

That which neither weapon nor flame could accomplish will be achieved by a sweet speaking tongue in council.


Quote: Hercules King of Rome and of Annemark, three times one surnamed de Gaulle will lead, Italy and the one of St. Mark to tremble, first monarch, renowned above all. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Hercules King of Rome and of Annemark, three times one surnamed de Gaulle will lead, Italy and the one of St. Mark to tremble, first monarch, renowned above all.


Quote: A great stench will come from Lausanne, but they will not know its origin; they will put out all people from distant places, fire seen in the sky, a foreign nation defeated. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

A great stench will come from Lausanne, but they will not know its origin; they will put out all people from distant places, fire seen in the sky, a foreign nation defeated.


Quote: Indeed, the hereditary gift of prophecy will go to the grave with me. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Indeed, the hereditary gift of prophecy will go to the grave with me.


Quote: A greater persecution shall befall the Christian Church than has ever been in Africa, and will last until the year 1792, when there will be a revision of centuries. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

A greater persecution shall befall the Christian Church than has ever been in Africa, and will last until the year 1792, when there will be a revision of centuries.


Quote: In Germany, a new sect shall be born which shall renew ancient pagan times. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

In Germany, a new sect shall be born which shall renew ancient pagan times.


Quote: A common soldier will make an empire, but he will eventually meet his fate and be condemned to the Great Rock. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

A common soldier will make an empire, but he will eventually meet his fate and be condemned to the Great Rock.


Quote: Near the gates and within two cities there will be scourges the like of which was never seen: famine within plague, people put out by steel, crying to the great immortal God for relief. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Near the gates and within two cities there will be scourges the like of which was never seen: famine within plague, people put out by steel, crying to the great immortal God for relief.


Quote: Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure. This is when the moon completes her great cycle, but by other rumors, he shall be dishonored. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure. This is when the moon completes her great cycle, but by other rumors, he shall be dishonored.


Quote: I find by my calculations, which are according to revealed inspiration, that the sword of death is now approaching us, in the shape of pestilence, war more horrible than has been known in three lifetimes, and famine. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

I find by my calculations, which are according to revealed inspiration, that the sword of death is now approaching us, in the shape of pestilence, war more horrible than has been known in three lifetimes, and famine.


Quote: The year 1999, seventh month, from the sky will come a great King of Terror. To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, before and after Mars to reign by good luck. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The year 1999, seventh month, from the sky will come a great King of Terror. To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, before and after Mars to reign by good luck.


Quote: A great war shall burst forth from fishes of steel. Machines of flying fire, lobsters, grasshoppers, mosquitoes. The mass attacks shall be repulsed in the woods, when no child in Germany shall obey any longer. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

A great war shall burst forth from fishes of steel. Machines of flying fire, lobsters, grasshoppers, mosquitoes. The mass attacks shall be repulsed in the woods, when no child in Germany shall obey any longer.


Quote: The great empire will be torn from limb, the all-powerful one for more than four-hundred years: Great power given to the dark one from slaves come. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The great empire will be torn from limb, the all-powerful one for more than four-hundred years: Great power given to the dark one from slaves come.


Quote: The perfect knowledge of events cannot be acquired without divine inspiration, since all prophetic inspiration receives its prime motivating force from God the creator, then from good fortune and nature. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The perfect knowledge of events cannot be acquired without divine inspiration, since all prophetic inspiration receives its prime motivating force from God the creator, then from good fortune and nature.


Quote: The sudden death of the leading man will cause change, making another man leader. Soon, but too late, the young man will attain high office. By land and sea, he will be feared. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The sudden death of the leading man will cause change, making another man leader. Soon, but too late, the young man will attain high office. By land and sea, he will be feared.


Quote: First in France, first in Romania -- by land and sea to the English and Paris. Marvellous deeds by that great alliance. The violent brute will lose Lorraine. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

First in France, first in Romania -- by land and sea to the English and Paris. Marvellous deeds by that great alliance. The violent brute will lose Lorraine.


Quote: There will be a great loss of learning before the moon's full cycle is completed. Fire and floods will be fomented by ignorant rulers; much time will go by before it is rectified. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

There will be a great loss of learning before the moon's full cycle is completed. Fire and floods will be fomented by ignorant rulers; much time will go by before it is rectified.


Quote: The present time, together with the past, shall be judged by a great jovialist. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The present time, together with the past, shall be judged by a great jovialist.


Quote: At forty-five degrees, the sky will burn. Fire to approach the great new city; in an instant, a great scattered flame will leap up, when one will want to get evidence from the Normans. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

At forty-five degrees, the sky will burn. Fire to approach the great new city; in an instant, a great scattered flame will leap up, when one will want to get evidence from the Normans.


Quote: The spirit of the kingdom undermines its defenses. People will rise against the king. A new peace is made; holy laws deteriorate. Paris has never before found herself in such dire straits. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The spirit of the kingdom undermines its defenses. People will rise against the king. A new peace is made; holy laws deteriorate. Paris has never before found herself in such dire straits.


Quote: Sooner and later you will see great changes made, dreadful horrors and vengeances. For as the Moon is thus led by its angel, the heavens draw near to the Balance. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

Sooner and later you will see great changes made, dreadful horrors and vengeances. For as the Moon is thus led by its angel, the heavens draw near to the Balance.


Quote: The great earthquake shall be in the month of May; Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter, Mercury in Taurus; Venus, also Cancer, Mars in zero. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

The great earthquake shall be in the month of May; Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter, Mercury in Taurus; Venus, also Cancer, Mars in zero.


Quote: In England, one without a trace of Royalty will master. Twenty months he will rule; twenty months he will bleed the lands, then his end comes quickly. by author Nostradamus overlaid on photo of photo of author Nostradamus with quote

In England, one without a trace of Royalty will master. Twenty months he will rule; twenty months he will bleed the lands, then his end comes quickly.




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