101 Total Quotes

Georg+C. Lichtenberg Quotes

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

If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Discovery

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#American Actor

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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Adversity

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Apathy

To be content with life -- or to live merrily, rather --all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#American Actor

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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Angels

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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Astronomy

With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Belief

Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Body

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Books And Reading

Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Books And Reading

It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar -- that I call an achievement.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Greek Poet #Brevity

If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Jokes And Jokers

There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Christianity

Man loves company, even if it is only that of a smoldering candle.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Company

He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Conceit

There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Greatness

The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Cunning

Once the good man was dead, one wore his hat and another his sword as he had worn them, a third had himself barbered as he had, a fourth walked as he did, but the honest man that he was -- nobody any longer wanted to be that.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Disciples

If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Dishonesty

We can see nothing whatever of the soul unless it is visible in the expression of the countenance; one might call the faces at a large assembly of people a history of the human soul written in a kind of Chinese ideograms.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Faces

Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Free Will

Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Fallibility

Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Indifference

He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
#Flattery