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Quotations From G.C. (GEORG CHRISTOPH) LICHTENBERG

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  • 11.
    There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 29, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 12.
    If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Golden Notebook," aph. 8, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 13.
    He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 41, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 14.
    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.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 6, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799) trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 15.
    To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 96, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 16.
    The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 20, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 17.
    There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 18.
    Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 25, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 19.
    With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 76, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 20.
    If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 23, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
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