Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Quotes

It not seldom happens that in the purposeless rovings and wanderings of the imagination we hunt down such game as can be put to use by our purposeful philosophy in its well-ordered household.

The lower classes of men, though they do not think it worthwhile to record what they perceive, nevertheless perceive everything that is worth noting; the difference between them and a man of learning often consists in nothing more than the latter’s facility for expression.

Judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.

Man is capable of his greatest works when his mental powers are already on the wane, just as it is hotter in July at two in the afternoon, when the sun is already declining, than it is in June at midday

As nations improve, so do their gods.

Does music make plants grow, or are there among the plants some that are musical?

People who have read a good deal rarely make great discoveries. I do not say this in excuse of laziness, but because invention presupposes an extensive independent contemplation of things.

The highest point to which a weak but experienced mind can rise is detecting the weakness of better men.

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

If moderation is a fault then indifference is a crime.