G. C. Lichtenberg

G. C. Lichtenberg

German writer and physicist

Lived from: 1742-1799

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: G. C. Lichtenberg

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    We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
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    We can see nothing whatever of the soul unless it is visible in the expression of the countenance; one might call the faces at a large assembly of people a history of the human soul written in a kind of Chinese ideograms.
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    We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
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    We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
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    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.
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    We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
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    What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.
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    What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.
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    What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?
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    What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.
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    With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
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    With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.
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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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    With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
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    With the majority of people unbelief in one thing is founded on the blind belief in another.