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Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Too much is unwholesome. Too much is unwholesome.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Probably no invention came more easily to man than heaven. Probably no invention came more easily to man than heaven.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Do not say hypothesis, and even less theory: say way of thinking. Do not say hypothesis, and even less theory: say way of thinking.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things. The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The book which most deserved to be banned would be a catalog of banned books. The book which most deserved to be banned would be a catalog of banned books.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: One use of dreams is that, unprejudiced by our often forced and artificial reflections, they represent the impartial outcome of our entire being. One use of dreams is that, unprejudiced by our often forced and artificial reflections, they represent the impartial outcome of our entire being.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them. One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: It is too bad if you have to do everything upon reflection and can't do anything from early habit. It is too bad if you have to do everything upon reflection and can't do anything from early habit.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: One can live in this world on soothsaying but not on truth saying. One can live in this world on soothsaying but not on truth saying.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet. With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Is it so unjust that a man should leave the world by the same gate through which he entered it? Is it so unjust that a man should leave the world by the same gate through which he entered it?
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight. Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Most men of education are more superstitious than they admit - nay, than they think. Most men of education are more superstitious than they admit - nay, than they think.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Man is a masterpiece of creation ... Man is a masterpiece of creation ...
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: 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. 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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: In the world we live in, one fool makes many fools, but one sage only a few sages. In the world we live in, one fool makes many fools, but one sage only a few sages.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Man is a masterpiece of creation, if only because no amount of determinism can prevent him from believing that he acts as a free being. Man is a masterpiece of creation, if only because no amount of determinism can prevent him from believing that he acts as a free being.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get. A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: If brandy was made out of sparrows there would soon be no sparrows. If brandy was made out of sparrows there would soon be no sparrows.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing. A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: They do not think, therefore they are not. They do not think, therefore they are not.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven. Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Nothing reveals a man's character better than the kind of joke at which he takes offense. Nothing reveals a man's character better than the kind of joke at which he takes offense.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: 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. 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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Propositions on which all men are in agreement are true: if they are not true we have no truth at all. Propositions on which all men are in agreement are true: if they are not true we have no truth at all.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way. He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: If it is permissible to write plays that are not intended to be seen, I should like to see who can prevent me from writing a book no one can If it is permissible to write plays that are not intended to be seen, I should like to see who can prevent me from writing a book no one can read.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Nothing puts a greater obstacle in the way of the progress of knowledge than thinking that one knows what one does not yet know. Nothing puts a greater obstacle in the way of the progress of knowledge than thinking that one knows what one does not yet know.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Perhaps pure reason without heart would never have thought of God. Perhaps pure reason without heart would never have thought of God.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears ... as easily as we open and shut our eyes. What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears ... as easily as we open and shut our eyes.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so. To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Never trust a man who lays his hand on his heart when he assures you of anything. Never trust a man who lays his hand on his heart when he assures you of anything.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: He marvelled at the fact that the cats had two holes cut in their fur at precisely the spot where their eyes were. He marvelled at the fact that the cats had two holes cut in their fur at precisely the spot where their eyes were.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: To make astute people believe one is what one is not is, in most cases, harder than actually to become what one wishes to appear. To make astute people believe one is what one is not is, in most cases, harder than actually to become what one wishes to appear.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Doubt everything at least once, even the sentence "Two times two is four." Doubt everything at least once, even the sentence "Two times two is four."
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Delicacy in woman is strength. Delicacy in woman is strength.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Some theories are good for nothing except to be argued about. Some theories are good for nothing except to be argued about.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: 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. 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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: I have never yet met anyone who did not think it was an agreeable sensation to cut tinfoil with scissors. I have never yet met anyone who did not think it was an agreeable sensation to cut tinfoil with scissors.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Imagine the world so greatly magnified that particles of light look like twenty-four-pound cannon balls. Imagine the world so greatly magnified that particles of light look like twenty-four-pound cannon balls.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Some people read only because they are too lazy to think. Some people read only because they are too lazy to think.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much. Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: I forget the greater part of what I read, but all the same it nourishes my mind. I forget the greater part of what I read, but all the same it nourishes my mind.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies. The world needs such men more than Heaven does. I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies. The world needs such men more than Heaven does.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Be attentive, feel nothing in vain, measure and compare: this is the whole law of philosophy. Be attentive, feel nothing in vain, measure and compare: this is the whole law of philosophy.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: What you have been obliged to discover by yourself leaves a path in your mind which you can use again when the need arises. What you have been obliged to discover by yourself leaves a path in your mind which you can use again when the need arises.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: One has to do something new in order to see something new. One has to do something new in order to see something new.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The ordinary man is ruined by the flesh lusting against the spirit; the scholar by the spirit lusting too much against the flesh. The ordinary man is ruined by the flesh lusting against the spirit; the scholar by the spirit lusting too much against the flesh.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Men still have to be governed by deception. Men still have to be governed by deception.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted. The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Everyone should study at least enough philosophy and belles-lettres to make his sexual experience more delectable. Everyone should study at least enough philosophy and belles-lettres to make his sexual experience more delectable.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: 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. 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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The greater part of human misery is caused by indolence. The greater part of human misery is caused by indolence.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Those who never have time do least Those who never have time do least
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders. The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: He who knows himself properly can very soon learn to know all other men. It is all reflection. He who knows himself properly can very soon learn to know all other men. It is all reflection.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Popular presentation today is all too often that which puts the mob in a position to talk about something without understanding it. Popular presentation today is all too often that which puts the mob in a position to talk about something without understanding it.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: 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. 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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Is it not strange that mankind should so willingly battle for religion and so unwillingly live according to its precepts? Is it not strange that mankind should so willingly battle for religion and so unwillingly live according to its precepts?
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Many a man who is willing to be shot for his belief in a miracle would have doubted, had he been present at the miracle itself. Many a man who is willing to be shot for his belief in a miracle would have doubted, had he been present at the miracle itself.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The highest point to which a weak but experienced mind can rise is detecting the weakness of better men. The highest point to which a weak but experienced mind can rise is detecting the weakness of better men.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Great men too make mistakes, and many among them do it so often that one is almost tempted to call them little men. Great men too make mistakes, and many among them do it so often that one is almost tempted to call them little men.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The grave is still the best shelter against the storms of destiny. The grave is still the best shelter against the storms of destiny.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial. Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: I look upon book reviews as an infantile disease which new-born books are subject to. I look upon book reviews as an infantile disease which new-born books are subject to.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: An hour-glass is a reminder not only of time's quick flight, but also of the dust to which we must at last return An hour-glass is a reminder not only of time's quick flight, but also of the dust to which we must at last return
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: A man is never more serious than when he praise himself. A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: What we have to discover for ourselves leaves behind in our mind a pathway that can be used on another occasion. What we have to discover for ourselves leaves behind in our mind a pathway that can be used on another occasion.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: In every man there is something of all men. In every man there is something of all men.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The celebrated painter Gainsborough got as much pleasure from seeing violins as from hearing them. The celebrated painter Gainsborough got as much pleasure from seeing violins as from hearing them.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Courage, garrulousness and the mob are on our side. What more do we want? Courage, garrulousness and the mob are on our side. What more do we want?
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: Some people feel with their heads and think with their hearts. Some people feel with their heads and think with their hearts.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species. A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The most entertaining surface on earth is the human face. The most entertaining surface on earth is the human face.
Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes: The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done. The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.