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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
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.

R
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
A
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
N
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.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Aphorisms," "Notebook J," aph. 65 (written 1765 --99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
R: "Aphorisms," "Notebook K," aph. 27 (written 1765-99; tr. by Hollingdale, 1990).
A: "Aphorisms," "Notebook D," aph. 96 (written 1765 --99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
N: "Aphorisms," aph. 29, "Notebook K" (written 1765-99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
K: "Aphorisms," "Notebook E," aph. 92 (written 1765 --99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
   


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