Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

33 Georg C. Lichtenberg quotes:

"He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals."
"We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves."
"A man is never more serious than when he praise himself."
Author: Lichtenberg Quotes Category: Praise 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."
"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."
"There is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them."
"He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way."
Author: Lichtenberg Quotes Category: Wisdom Quotes
"Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own."
"With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing."
Author: Lichtenberg Quotes Category: Belief 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."
"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."
"What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others."
"Ideas too are a life and a world."
Author: Lichtenberg Quotes Category: Ideas 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..."
"People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least."
"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together."
Author: Lichtenberg Quotes Category: Genius Quotes
"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."
"We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest."
"As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word."

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