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  • ''If it were true what in the end would be gained? Nothing but another truth. Is this such a mighty advantage? We have enough old truths still to digest, and even these we would be quite unable to endure if we did not sometimes flavor them with lies.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. Notebook E," "aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 52, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 11, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 53, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 47, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''There is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 81, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 73, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aphorism 149, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 39, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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