Georg Lichtenberg

1742 - 1799

A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on language, life, and rest

In mathematical analysis we call x the undetermined part of line a: the rest we don't call y, as we do in common life, but a-x. Hence mathematical language has great advantages over the common language.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on truth

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The great trick of regarding small departures from the truth as the truth itself -- on which is founded the entire integral calculus -- is also the basis of our witty speculations, where the whole thing would often collapse if we considered the departures with philosophical rigour.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

Source: Aphorisms.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on mind and peace

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

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on faults

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A man has virtues enough if he deserves pardon for his faults on account of them.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on danger and truth

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on danger

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The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on nature, nobility, observation, and simplicity

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on genius and ideas

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on indolence and misery

The greater part of human misery is caused by indolence.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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