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 :: 1742-1799, German Physicist, Satirist

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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.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Morality]

 

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Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Genius]

 

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First we have to believe, and then we believe.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Belief]

 

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Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Food and Eating]

 

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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.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Taste]

 

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He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Wisdom]

 

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He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Self-improvement]

 

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He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Age and Aging]

 

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He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Conceit]

 

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He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Advantage]

 

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He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Flattery]

 

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Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Suicide]

 

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I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [People, Other]

 

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I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Identity]

 

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I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up...
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Opinions]

 

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Ideas too are a life and a world.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Ideas]

 

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If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Jokes and Jokers]

 

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If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Dishonesty]

 

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If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Angels]

 

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If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Publishing and Publishers]

 

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