Why should I know Georg Christoph Lichtenberg?

German physicist, satirist, and Anglophile.

Quotes by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Don't judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.”

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“Man loves company - even if it is only that of a small burning candle.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“The thoughts written on the walls of madhouses by their inmates might be worth publicizing.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“There is no mistaking a good book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg