Quotations From G.C. (GEORG CHRISTOPH) LICHTENBERG

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  • 81.
    The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 42, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 82.
    With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 23, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 83.
    The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 7, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 84.
    A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 85.
    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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook A," aph. 38, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 86.
    Man loves company, even if it is only that of a smouldering candle.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 40, Aphorisms, written (1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 87.
    Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook A," aph. 17, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 88.
    Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 50, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 89.
    Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 34, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 90.
    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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aphorism 30, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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