Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''First we have to believe, and then we believe.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 55, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook A," aph. 17, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 50, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aph. 12, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 34, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 23, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aphorism 30, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 98, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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