Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was a German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile.

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Don't judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.
First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.
First we have to believe, and then we believe.
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.
If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.
If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.
Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.
Man is a gregarious animal and much more so in his mind than in his body. A golden rule; judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.
Man loves company, even if it is only that of a smoldering candle.
One cannot demand of a scholar that he show himself a scholar everywhere in society, but the whole tenor of his behavior must none the less betray the thinker, he must always be instructive, his way of judging a thing must even in the smallest matters be such that people can see what it will amount to when, quietly and self-collected, he puts this power to scholarly use.
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
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.
The proof that man is the noblest of all creatures is that no other creature has ever denied it.
The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.
To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes.
When a book and a head collide and there is a hollow sound, is it always from the book?
With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.
With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another.

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