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

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Profession: Scientist
Nationality: German

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There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage he wont encounter many rivals.

Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.

With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.

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.

When an acquaintance goes by I often step back from my window, not so much to spare him the effort of acknowledging me as to spare myself the embarrassment of seeing that he has not done so.

There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.

Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.

The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.

I have looked through the list of illnesses, and did not find cares or sad thoughts mentioned among them. That is a mistake, surely.

With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.