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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Libraries can in general be too narrow or too wide for the soul."

Libraries can in general be too narrow or too wide for the soul.




Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "If countries were named after the words you first hear when you go there, England would have to be called "Damn It"."

If countries were named after the words you first hear when you go there, England would have to be called "Damn It".



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "It is too bad if you have to do everything upon reflection and can't do anything from early habit."

It is too bad if you have to do everything upon reflection and can't do anything from early habit.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "When a book and a head collide and a hollow sound is heard, must it always have come from the book?"

When a book and a head collide and a hollow sound is heard, must it always have come from the book?




Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard."

It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter."

The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "There is no mistaking a good book when one meets it. It is like falling in love."

There is no mistaking a good book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.




Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty."

What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Man…who lives in three places – in the past, in the present, and in the future – can be unhappy if one of these three is worthless. Religion has even added a fourth – eternity."

Man…who lives in three places – in the past, in the present, and in the future – can be unhappy if one of these three is worthless. Religion has even added a fourth – eternity.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "I would give something to know for precisely whom the deeds were really done, of which it is publicly stated they were done 'for the Fatherland'."

I would give something to know for precisely whom the deeds were really done, of which it is publicly stated they were done 'for the Fatherland'.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together."

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



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents."

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




Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another."

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "I am confident of my ability to demonstrate that one can sometimes believe in something and yet not believe in it. Nothing is less fathomable than the systems that motivate our actions."

I am confident of my ability to demonstrate that one can sometimes believe in something and yet not believe in it. Nothing is less fathomable than the systems that motivate our actions.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Nothing is more conductive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all."

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



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth."

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



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out."

A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers we outgrow acquaintances libraries principles etc. at times before they're worn out and times-and this is the worst of all-before we have new ones."

Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers we outgrow acquaintances libraries principles etc. at times before they're worn out and times-and this is the worst of all-before we have new ones.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Diogenes, filthily attired, paced across the splendid carpets in Plato's dwelling. Thus, said he, do I trample on the pride of Plato. Yes, Plato replied, but only with another kind of pride."

Diogenes, filthily attired, paced across the splendid carpets in Plato's dwelling. Thus, said he, do I trample on the pride of Plato. Yes, Plato replied, but only with another kind of pride.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it."

It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Many are less fortunate than you’ may not be a roof to live under, but it will serve to retire beneath in the event of a shower."

Many are less fortunate than you’ may not be a roof to live under, but it will serve to retire beneath in the event of a shower.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "God creates the animals man creates himself."

God creates the animals man creates himself.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "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."

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.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Where the frontier of science once was is now the centre."

Where the frontier of science once was is now the centre.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "If we thought more for ourselves we would have very many more bad books and very many more good ones."

If we thought more for ourselves we would have very many more bad books and very many more good ones.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "Too much is unwholesome."

Too much is unwholesome.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "When they have discovered truth in nature they fling it into a book, where it is even worse hands."

When they have discovered truth in nature they fling it into a book, where it is even worse hands.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "...if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient."

...if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "The thoughts written on the walls of madhouses by their inmates might be worth publicizing."

The thoughts written on the walls of madhouses by their inmates might be worth publicizing.



Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes: "One's first step in wisdom is to question everything one's last is to come to terms with everything."

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything one's last is to come to terms with everything.