Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

33 Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes:

"One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty, but one can still be a very fine orderly and inventive thinker. One rarely procreates children at that age, but one is all the more skilled at educating those who have already been procreated, and education is procreation of another kind."
"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."
"Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own."
"Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together."
"One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them."
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"If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later."
"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."
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"With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing."
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"Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes."
"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."
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"He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals."
"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together."
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"Ideas too are a life and a world."
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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."
"What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others."
"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."
"Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven."
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"He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way."
Author: Lichtenberg Quotes Category: Wisdom Quotes
"I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up..."
"We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest."

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