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  • Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook C," aph. 26, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook C," aph. 54, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 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).
  • Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 5, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 65, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 55, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 19, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • Good taste is either that which agrees with my taste or that which subjects itself to the rule of reason. From this we can see how useful it is to employ reason in seeking out the laws of taste.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 69, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth ... into a liar—that I call an achievement.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 59, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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