Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''The most heated defenders of a science, who cannot endure the slightest sneer at it, are commonly those who have not made very much progress in it and are secretly aware of this defect.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 8, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 100, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 88, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aphorism 123, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectable and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 69, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aphorism 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''When an acquaintance goes by I often step back from my window, not so much to spare him the effort of acknowledging me as to spare myself the embarrassment of seeing that he has not done so.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 155, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 78, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 84, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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