Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Georg C. Lichtenberg
To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that…
There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade,…
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…
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…
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 Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.
With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.
Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.
The fly that doesn’t want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.
Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn’t have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.
Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.
I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
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…
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