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Quotations by author » Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
German physics professor and scientist 1742 - 1799
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A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out
Books
A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectible and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.
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A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.
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A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
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A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
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Ambition and suspicion always go together.
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An hour-glass is a reminder not only of time's quick flight, but also of the dust to which we must at last return
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As nations improve, so do their gods
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Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
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Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
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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.
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First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.
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God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
God
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.
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He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
Self-love
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
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I cannot stop thinking that I died before I was born and that at my death I will return to the same state
Death and dying
I have so often seen how people come by the name of genius - in the same way, that is, as certain insects come by the name of millipede, not because they have that number of feet, but because most people won't count up to fourteen.
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If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve
Honesty
If an angel were to tell us something of his philosophy, I do believe some of his propositions would sound like 2 x 2 = 13
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