G. C. Lichtenberg

G. C. Lichtenberg

German writer and physicist

Lived from: 1742-1799

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one: if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient.
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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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    Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense.
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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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    A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
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    A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectible and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.
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    A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.
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    A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
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    A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.
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    A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
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    A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.
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    A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
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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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    Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
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    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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