Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 120, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 87, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever.... Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 82, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Ideas too are a life and a world.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Much reading has brought upon us a learned barbarism.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. Notebook F," "aph. 144, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aphorism 30, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 7, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 46, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 29, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''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).

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