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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

(1742-1799), German Physicist, Satirist

Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.

Category: Achievement

The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.

Category: Action

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals.

Category: Advantage

It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.

Category: Adversity

Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.

Category: Affectation

He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.

Category: Age And Aging

One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty, but one can still be a very fine orderly and inventive thinker. One rarely procreates children at that age, but one is all the more skilled at educating those who have already been procreated, and education is procreation of another kind.

Category: Age And Aging

If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.

Category: Angels

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.

Category: Apathy

To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.

Category: Applause

Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.

Category: Aristocracy

Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.

Category: Astronomy

First we have to believe, and then we believe.

Category: Belief

With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.

Category: Belief

With the majority of people unbelief in one thing is founded on the blind belief in another.

Category: Belief