Quotes by G. C. Lichtenberg

G. C. Lichtenberg

G. C. Lichtenberg

German writer and physicist

Alive from: 1742-1799

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.
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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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    As the few adepts in such things well know, universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones. There is so much goodness and ingenuity in a raindrop that an apothecary wouldn't let it go for less than half-a-crown...
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    Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.
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    Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
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    Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.
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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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    Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
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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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    First we have to believe, and then we believe.
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    Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?
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