Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(1742-1799 / Ober-Ramstadt)

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

  • ''Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 5, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 6, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799) trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 20, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 58, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 25, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''There are people who believe everything is sane and sensible that is done with a solemn face.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 59, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth ... into a liar—that I call an achievement.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 59, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • ''We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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