GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG QUOTES

German scientist & satirist (1742-1799)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg quote

It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook G", Aphorisms

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Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook F", Aphorisms

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Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook F", Aphorisms

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The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, Aphorisms

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One might call habit a moral friction: something that prevents the mind from gliding over things but connects it with them and makes it hard for it to free itself from them.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Waste Books

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Human pride is a strange thing; it cannot easily be suppressed, and if you stop up hole A will peep forth again in a twinkling from another hole B, and if this is closed it is ready to come out at hole C, and so on.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Reflections of Lichtenberg

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Whenever he was required to use his reason he felt like someone who had always used his right hand but was now required to do something with his left.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook B", The Waste Books

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He moved as slowly as an hour-hand in a crowd of second-hands.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Waste Books

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With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook L", Aphorisms

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It is in most cases more difficult to make intelligent people believe that you are what you are not, than really to become what you would appear to be.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Reflections of Lichtenberg

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Where moderation is a fault indifference is a crime.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Reflections of Lichtenberg

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The rules of grammar are mere human statutes, which is why when he speaks out of the possessed the Devil himself speaks bad Latin.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Waste Books

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Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook C", Aphorisms

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Do not take too artificial a view of mankind but judge them from a natural standpoint, deeming them neither over good nor over bad.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Reflections of Lichtenberg

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Superstition originates among ordinary people in the early and all too zealous instruction they receive in religion: they hear of mysteries, miracles, deeds of the Devil, and consider it very probable that things of this sort could occur in everything anywhere.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Waste Books

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It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook K", Aphorisms

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We judge nothing so hastily as character, and yet there is nothing over which we should be more cautious.... I have always found that the so-called bad people improve on closer acquaintance, while the good fall off.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Reflections of Lichtenberg

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Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook E", Aphorisms

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Do not commence your exercises in philosophy in those regions where an error can deliver you over to the executioner.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook C", Aphorisms

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Universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook B", Aphorisms

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