georg christoph lichtenberg Quotes

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.
tags: men morals
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
tags: men believe right
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.
tags: peace opinion mind
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?
tags: right wrong
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them.
tags: men opinion
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Men still have to be governed by deception.
tags: men deception
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
tags: character people
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
tags: blessing courage heaven
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
tags: time thoughts dark age
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
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— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Man loves company - even if it is only that of a small burning candle.
tags: men company
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
tags: men
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.
tags: men weakness dreams
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and times - and this is the worst of all - before we have new ones.
tags: time library
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
tags: mankind
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.
tags: doubt dangerous
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.
tags: nature human weakness
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
tags: truth people believe
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.
tags: men believe earth heaven
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.
tags: gift craft genius advantage
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
tags: human wisdom
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.
tags: children child questions
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
tags: truth age
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.
tags: belief people
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
tags: lies witty
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
tags: discovery bad american
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
tags: men
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg