Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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"Georg Christoph Lichtenberg" was a Germany/German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. Today, he is remembered for his posthumously published notebooks, which he himself called Sudelb├╝cher, a description modelled on the English language/English bookkeeping term "scrapbooks", and for his discovery of the strange tree-like patterns now called Lichtenberg figures.

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

The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.

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

When a book and a head collide and there is a hollow sound, is it always from the book?

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

First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.

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

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

The proof that man is the noblest of all creatures is that no other creature has ever denied it.

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.

To read means to borrow; to create out of one's readings is paying off one's debts.

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Some people read because they are too lazy to think.

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.

I cannot stop thinking that I died before I was born and that at my death I will return to the same state.

To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.

Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.

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

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

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

Some men come by the name of genius in the same way as an insect comes by the name of centipede - not because it has a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.

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

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out.

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

There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.