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    georg christoph lichtenberg Quotes

    There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: people  thinking  read 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  morals 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  believe  right 
     
    If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: character  men  fail 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: peace  opinion  mind 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: nature  alone  ordering 
     
    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?
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: right  wrong 
     
    He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: advantage 
     
    God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  god  philosopher 
     
    One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  opinion 
     
    Men still have to be governed by deception.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  deception 
     
    A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: character  people 
     
    Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: blessing  courage  heaven 
     
    Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: time  thoughts  dark  age 
     
    Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: real  genius  ideas  year 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: wise  wisdom 
     
    Man loves company - even if it is only that of a small burning candle.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  company 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men 
     
    Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  weakness  dreams 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: time  library 
     
    Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: mankind 
     
    Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: doubt  dangerous 
     
    What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: nature  human  weakness 
     
    Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: truth  people  believe 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men  believe  earth  heaven 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: gift  craft  genius  advantage 
     
    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
    tags: human  wisdom 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: truth  age 
     
    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.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: belief  people 
     
    Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: lies  witty 
     
    The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: discovery  bad  american 
     
    With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
    — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
    tags: men 
     
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