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Quotations From G.C. (GEORG CHRISTOPH) LICHTENBERG

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  • 41.
    I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 54, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 42.
    If it were true what in the end would be gained? Nothing but another truth. Is this such a mighty advantage? We have enough old truths still to digest, and even these we would be quite unable to endure if we did not sometimes flavor them with lies.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. Notebook E," "aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 43.
    Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 11, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 44.
    Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 78, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 45.
    We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 47, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 46.
    As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 52, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 47.
    A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 48.
    If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 39, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 49.
    Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 88, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
  • 50.
    Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me me.
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aph. 37, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990). "Speech of a suicide composed shortly before the act."

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