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G. C. Lichtenberg
(1742-1799) born on
Jul 01
German physicist, writer. He is best known for his satirical wit ridiculing metaphysical and romantic excesses.
         
   
F
To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

R
Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.
A
The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.
N
There are people who believe everything is sane and sensible that is done with a solemn face.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Aphorisms," "Notebook A," aph. 38 (written 1765 --99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
R: "Aphorisms," "Notebook A," aph. 17 (written 1765 --99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
A: "Aphorisms," "Notebook K," aph. 68 (written 1765 --99; tr. R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
N: "Aphorisms," "Notebook E," aph. 59 (written 1765 --99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
K: "Aphorisms," "Notebook K," aph. 42 (written 1765-99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
   


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