Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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First we have to believe, and then we believe.

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

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Man loves company — even if it is only that of a small burning candle.

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Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.

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One has to do something new in order to see something new.

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The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.

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A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

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The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.

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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.

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It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard.

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Much reading has brought upon us a learned barbarism.

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The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.

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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.

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