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Georg C. Lichtenberg

A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Man…who lives in three places – in the past, in the present, and in the future – can be unhappy if one of these three is worthless. Religion has even added a fourth – eternity.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

One of our forefathers must have read a forbidden book.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Ambition and suspicion always go together.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Perseverance can lend the appearance of dignity and grandeur to many actions, just as silence in company affords wisdom and apparent intelligence to a stupid person.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

In the world we live in, one fool makes many fools, but one sage only a few sages.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

I forget the greater part of what I read, but all the same it nourishes my mind.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Barbaric accuracy - whimpering humility.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

I made the journey to knowledge like dogs who go for walks with their masters, a hundred times forward and backward over the same territory; and when I arrived I was tired.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

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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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

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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Georg C. Lichtenberg

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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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Man is perhaps half mind and half matter in the same way as the polyp is half plant and half animal. The strangest creatures are always found on the border lines of species.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

You can make a good living from soothsaying but not from truthsaying.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

A book which, above all others in the world, should be forbidden, is a catalogue of forbidden books.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

We now possess four principles of morality: 1) a philosophical: do good for its own sake, out of respect for the law; 2) a religious: do good because it is God's will, out of love of God; 3) a human: do good because it will promote your happiness, out of self-love; 4) a political: do good because it will promote the welfare of the society of which you are a part, out of love of society having regard to yourself. But is this not all one single principle, only viewed from different sides?

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The greatest things in the world are brought about by other things which we count as nothing: little causes we overlook but which at length accumulate.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

One of the greatest creations of the human mind is the art of reviewing books without having read them.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Superstition originates among ordinary people in the early and all too zealous instruction they receive in religion: they hear of mysteries, miracles, deeds of the Devil, and consider it very probable that things of this sort could occur in everything anywhere.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

He marvelled at the fact that the cats had two holes cut in their fur at precisely the spot where their eyes were.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Before one blames, one should always find out whether one cannot excuse. To discover little faults has been always the particularity of such brains that are a little or not at all above the average. The superior ones keep quiet or say something against the whole and the great minds transform without blaming.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Those who have racked their brains to discover new proofs have perhaps been induced to do so by a compulsion they could not quite explain to themselves. Instead of giving us their new proofs they should have explained to us the motivation that constrained them to search for them.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Never trust a man who lays his hand on his heart when he assures you of anything.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Never undertake anything unless you have the heart to ask Heaven's blessing on your undertaking.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The most entertaining surface on earth is the human face.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

A good method of discovery is to imagine certain members of a system removed and then see how what is left would behave: for example, where would we be if iron were absent from the world: this is an old example.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

It is in most cases more difficult to make intelligent people believe that you are what you are not, than really to become what you would appear to be.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Doubt everything at least once, even the sentence "Two times two is four.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The lower classes of men, though they do not think it worthwhile to record what they perceive, nevertheless perceive everything that is worth noting; the difference between them and a man of learning often consists in nothing more than the latter's facility for expression.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

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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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Nothing reveals a man's character better than the kind of joke at which he takes offense.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Everyone who has ever written will have discovered that writing always awakens something which, though it lay within us, we failed clearly to recognize before.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The grave is still the best shelter against the storms of destiny.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

Do not judge God's world from your own. Trim your own hedge as you wish and plant your flowers in the patterns you can understand, but do not judge the garden of nature from your little window box.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The feeling of health can only be gained by sickness.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The construction of the universe is certainly very much easier to explain than is that of the plant.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.

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Georg C. Lichtenberg

The rules of grammar are mere human statutes, which is why when he speaks out of the possessed the Devil himself speaks bad Latin.