Quotations From G.C. (GEORG CHRISTOPH) LICHTENBERG

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    The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aphorism 27, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 2.
    It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 37, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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    Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 13, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 4.
    There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 72, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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    Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 249, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 6.
    We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 65, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 7.
    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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-99), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 146, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 8.
    Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 77, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 9.
    The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 10.
    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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 115, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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