Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 39, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 68, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Man loves company, even if it is only that of a smouldering candle.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 40, Aphorisms, written (1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Golden Notebook," aph. 8, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 41, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''One might call habit a moral friction: something that prevents the mind from gliding over things but connects it with them and makes it hard for it to free itself from them.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook A," aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aphorism 48, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 46, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook A," aph. 38, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''To be content with life—or to live merrily, rather—all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 29, Aphorisms written (1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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