Georg Lichtenberg

1742 - 1799

A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on danger and truth

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

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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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.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on books

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A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on character and jokes

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

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on darkness, thought, and time

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on certainty, genius, men, and people

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede, not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on change

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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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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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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on beauty, laws, nature, and pleasure

All mathematical laws which we find in Nature are always suspect to me, in spite of their beauty. They give me no pleasure. They are merely auxiliaries. At close range it is all not true.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

Source: J P Stern Lichtenberg, 1959.

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