Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 13, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''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).
  • ''The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 1, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 4, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoitre the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 36, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''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).
  • ''The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''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.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 115, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 77, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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