Home The Mine of Useless Information - everything you never needed to know!

Georg C. Lichtenberg Quotes

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

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

"The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted."

"Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and times - and this is the worst of all - before we have new ones."

"Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own."
Society

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

"Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven."

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

"Men still have to be governed by deception."

"One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them."

"God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs."

"He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals."

"What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?"

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

"We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already."

"The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter."

"Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all."

© 2006 The Mine of Useless Information