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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

(1742-1799), German Physicist, Satirist

A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.

Category: Literature

With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.

Category: Literature

So-called professional mathematicians have, in their reliance on the relative incapacity of the rest of mankind, acquired for themselves a reputation for profundity very similar to the reputation for sanctity possessed by theologians.

Category: Mathematics

Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.

Category: Men And Women

To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.

Category: Mistakes

Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.

Category: Morality

It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.

Category: Murder

We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.

Category: Nature

If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.

Category: Necessity

The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.

Category: New World

Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.

Category: Obscurity

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.

Category: Opinions

I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up...

Category: Opinions

Man is a gregarious animal and much more so in his mind than in his body. A golden rule; judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.

Category: Opinions

A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.

Category: Oppression