Facts about Georg C. Lichtenberg

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Georg C. Lichtenberg was a famous Scientist from Germany, who lived between July 1, 1742 and February 24, 1799.

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He/she is born under the zodiac cancer, who is known for Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective. Our collection contains 60 quotes who is written / told by Georg, under the main topics: Intelligence, Men.

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Famous quotes by Georg C. Lichtenberg (60)


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"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"
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"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"
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"The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority"
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"With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet"
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"Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven"
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"Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm"
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"To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite"
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"There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking"
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"Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all"
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"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"
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"What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others"
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"We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him"
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"We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already"
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"We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing"
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"We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are"
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"We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest"
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"Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much"
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"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"
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"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"
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"To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so"
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"The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted"
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"The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things"
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"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"
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"The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter"
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"The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery"
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"That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim"
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"Sickness is mankind's greatest defect"
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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"
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"Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own"
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"Man loves company - even if it is only that of a small burning candle"
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"Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions"
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"Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will"
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"Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and times - and this is the worst of all - before we have new ones"
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"Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity"
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"It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists"
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"It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories"
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"It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into"
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"If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards"
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"If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special"
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"If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger"
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"If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly"
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"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better"
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"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"
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"I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too"
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"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"
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"He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery"
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"He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals"
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"God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs"
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"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"
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"Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age"
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"Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit"
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"Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous"
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"Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates"
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"Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficult, elephants and poodles find many things obscure"
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"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"
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"A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents"
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"A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments"
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"A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out"
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"Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together"
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"One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them"


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