G. C. Lichtenberg

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 - 24 February 1799) was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile

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A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Before we blame, we should first see if we can't excuse.Rate it:
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.Rate it:
He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.Rate it:
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage he won't encounter many rivals.Rate it:
I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world needs such men more than heaven does.Rate it:
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.Rate it:
It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.Rate it:
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.Rate it:
Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.Rate it:
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.Rate it:
There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.Rate it:
To read means to borrow to create out of one's readings is paying off one's debts.Rate it:
To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.Rate it:

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