Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape.. view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

Sickness is mankind's greatest defect... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

When an acquaintance goes by I often step back from my window, not so much to spare him the effort of acknowledging me as to spare myself the embarrassment of seeing that he has not done so... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?.. view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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.. view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

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... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals... view

By: Georg C. Lichtenberg