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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    Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.
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    Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.
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    So-called professional mathematicians have, in their reliance on the relative incapacity of the rest of mankind, acquired for themselves a reputation for profundity very similar to the reputation for sanctity possessed by theologians.
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    Some theories are good for nothing except to be argued about.
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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.
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    The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
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    The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
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    The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.
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    The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.
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    The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.
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    The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.
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    The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
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    The most heated defenders of a science, who cannot endure the slightest sneer at it, are commonly those who have not made very much progress in it and are secretly aware of this defect.
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    The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
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    The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.
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