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Georg C. Lichtenberg
July 1, 1742 - February 24, 1799
Category: Physicist

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


A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.


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.


The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.


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


Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.


Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.


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.


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


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


Men still have to be governed by deception.


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


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


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.


Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.


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


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.


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


A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.


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


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