Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aphorism 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 81, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me me.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aph. 37, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990). "Speech of a suicide composed shortly before the act."
  • ''Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aphorism 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''The "second sight" possessed by the Highlanders in Scotland is actually a foreknowledge of future events. I believe they possess this gift because they don't wear trousers.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 26, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990). Lichtenberg added, "That is also why in all countries women are more prone to utter prophecies."
  • ''Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook C," aph. 33, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook C," aph. 26, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook C," aph. 54, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 96, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 97, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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