Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''It is said that truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 157, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''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.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-99), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 146, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 65, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''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.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 249, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 72, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aphorism 27, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 37, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 13, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aphorism 42, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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