Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

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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." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Writers And Writing   

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"If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Angels   

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"If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Dishonesty   

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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." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Prejudice   

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"He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Self-improvement   

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"Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Teachers And Teaching   

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"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." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Discovery   

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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..." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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"He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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American Actor   

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"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." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Age And Aging   

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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." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Aristocracy   

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"With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Belief   

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"Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Body   

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"Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Books And Reading   

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"The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Cunning   

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"Once the good man was dead, one wore his hat and another his sword as he had worn them, a third had himself barbered as he had, a fourth walked as he did, but the honest man that he was -- nobody any longer wanted to be that." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Disciples   

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"Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Indifference   

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"He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Flattery   

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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." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Human Nature   

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"I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Identity   

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"If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Ideals And Idealism   





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