Quotations From G.C. (GEORG CHRISTOPH) LICHTENBERG


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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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 29, Aphorisms written (1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aph. 12, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aphorism 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 81, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook C," aph. 33, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 97, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 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).

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  • There are people who believe everything is sane and sensible that is done with a solemn face.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 59, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 36, 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).
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