Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes: A good method of discovery is to imagine certain members of a system removed and then see how what is left would behave: for example, where would we be if iron were absent from the world: this is an old example.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quote: It is hardly to be believed how spiritual reflections when mixed with a little physics can hold people's attention and give them a livelier idea of God than do the often ill-applied examples of his wrath.
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Quotes about Georg C. Lichtenberg: It is said that truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him.
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Quote about Georg C. Lichtenberg: If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Sayings: Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Saying: Good taste is either that which agrees with my taste or that which subjects itself to the rule of reason. From this we can see how useful it is to employ reason in seeking out the laws of taste.
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Sayings about Georg C. Lichtenberg: Nothing reveals a man's character better than the kind of joke at which he takes offense.
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Saying about Georg C. Lichtenberg: When a book and a head collide and a hollow sound is heard, must it always have come from the book?
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes: As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quote: We now possess four principles of morality: 1) a philosophical: do good for its own sake, out of respect for the law; 2) a religious: do good because it is God's will, out of love of God; 3) a human: do good because it will promote your happiness, out of self-love; 4) a political: do good because it will promote the welfare of the society of which you are a part, out of love of society having regard to yourself. But is this not all one single principle, only viewed from different sides?
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Quotes about Georg C. Lichtenberg: The world is a body common to all men, changes to it bring about a change in the souls of all men who are turned towards that part of it at that moment.
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Quote about Georg C. Lichtenberg: 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.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Sayings: Why does a suppurating lung give so little warning and a sore on the finger so much?
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Saying: The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
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Sayings about Georg C. Lichtenberg: 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.
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Saying about Georg C. Lichtenberg: The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes: If nature be regarded as the teacher and we poor human beings as her pupils, the human race presents a very curious picture. We all sit together at a lecture and possess the necessary principles for understanding it, yet we always pay more attention to the chatter of our fellow students than to the lecturer's discourse. Or, if our neighbor copies something down, we sneak it from him, stealing what he himself may have heard imperfectly, and add it to our own errors of spelling and opinion.
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Georg C. Lichtenberg Quote: I look upon book reviews as an infantile disease which new-born books are subject to.
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