Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 19, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 55, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''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).
  • ''Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 65, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 91, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 76, 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).
  • ''Good taste is either that which agrees with my taste or that which subjects itself to the rule of reason. From this we can see how useful it is to employ reason in seeking out the laws of taste.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 69, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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