Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Ober-Ramstadt
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Ober-Ramstadt

Quotes

11 November 2014
The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
11 November 2014
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
11 November 2014
Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
11 November 2014
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 hits the chair it has bumped into.
11 November 2014
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
11 November 2014
Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
11 November 2014
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
11 November 2014
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
11 November 2014
It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
11 November 2014
Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.

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