Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Georg Christoph Lichtenberg quotes, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg sayings, and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

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

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Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.     

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Everyone has a moral backside, which he won't show unless he has to, keeping it covered as long as possible with the pants of respectability.     

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The highest level than can be reached by a mediocre but experienced mind is a talent for uncovering the weaknesses of those greater than itself.

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The most accomplished monkey cannot draw a monkey, this only man can do; just as it is also only man who regards his ability to do this as a distinct merit.     

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The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.     

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First we have to believe, and then we believe.

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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.     

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Nothing is more conductive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.     

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Nothing is more conductive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.     

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Don't judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.     

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The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.     

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Hour-glasses remind us, not only of how time flies, but at the same time of the dust into which we shall one day decay.     

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Popular presentation today is all too often that which puts the mob in a position to talk about something without understanding it.     

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Marriage, in contrast to the flu, starts with a fever and ends with the chills.

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