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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

(1742-1799), German Physicist, Satirist

Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.

Category: Heaven

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.

Category: Human Nature

That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.

Category: Humankind

If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

Ideas too are a life and a world.

Category: Ideas

I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.

Category: Identity

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.

Category: Imitation

Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.

Category: Impartiality

Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.

Category: Indifference

The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.

Category: Intentions

If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.

Category: Jokes And Jokers

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.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.

Category: Learning

Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.

Category: Liberals

It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.

Category: Libraries