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  • What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 7, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook G," aph. 46, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • Much reading has brought upon us a learned barbarism.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. Notebook F," "aph. 144, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever.... Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 82, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 120, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 84, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • When an acquaintance goes by I often step back from my window, not so much to spare him the effort of acknowledging me as to spare myself the embarrassment of seeing that he has not done so.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 155, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aphorism 123, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectable and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 69, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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