Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectible and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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?More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We can see nothing whatever of the soul unless it is visible in the expression of the countenance; one might call the faces at a large assembly of people a history of the human soul written in a kind of Chinese ideograms.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
So-called professional mathematicians have, in their reliance on the relative incapacity of the rest of mankind, acquired for themselves a reputation for profundity very similar to the reputation for sanctity possessed by theologians.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ideas too are a life and a world.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.More Georg Christoph Lichtenberg [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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