Quotes by: Georg C. Lichtenberg
With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.
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.
To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
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.
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.
We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficult, elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.
Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
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.
With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.