The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

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Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.

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Everyone is a genius at least once a year.

The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

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If there were only turnips and potatoes in the world, someone would complain that plants grow the wrong way.

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Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.

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To read means to borrow; to create out of one s readings is paying off one's debts.

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It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it.

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Man loves company - even if it is only that of a small burning candle.

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Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.

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One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

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One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty, but one can still be a very fine orderly and inventive thinker. One rarely procreates children at that age, but one is all the more skilled at educating those who have already been procreated, and education is procreation of another kind.

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

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Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.

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About Georg C. Lichtenberg

Quotes 298 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.

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He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.

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Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.

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I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.

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Delicacy in woman is strength.

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What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears.

..as easily as we open and shut our eyes.

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Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me me.

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Man is a masterpiece of creation . . .

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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.

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People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least.

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Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men.

Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?

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He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.

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Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants.

God makes the animals, man makes himself.

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To be content with life or to live merrily, rather all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.

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Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.

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Men still have to be governed by deception.

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Much reading has brought upon us a learned barbarism.

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There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.

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To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.

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When an acquaintance goes by I often step back from my window, not so much to spare him the effort of acknowledging me as to spare myself the embarrassment of seeing that he has not done so.

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It is said that truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him.

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Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.

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As the few adepts in such things well know, universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones. There is so much goodness and ingenuity in a raindrop that an apothecary wouldn't let it go for less than half-a-crown.

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Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure.

To find something obscure poses no difficult, elephants and poodles find many things obscure.

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To make astute people believe one is what one is not is, in most cases, harder than actually to become what one wishes to appear.

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Man is a masterpiece of creation, if only because no amount of determinism can prevent him from believing that he acts as a free being.

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He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.

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Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.

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Man is so perfectable and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.

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

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One has to do something new in order to see something new.

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Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.

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If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.

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A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.

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To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

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The highest point to which a weak but experienced mind can rise is detecting the weakness of better men.

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Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.

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