Monday, December 15, 2014

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Quotes and Scrapbooks

Ever heard of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg? He was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. He was also a professing procrastinator. Right up my alley. What interested me the most were the notebooks he kept which he termed Sudelbücher, modelled after "scrapbooks"

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Some of his quotes:

A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out. We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Notebook E, 1775 - 1776)

It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard. (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Notebook G, 1779-1783)

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

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.

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

A clever child brought up with a foolish one can itself become foolish. Man is so perfectible and corruptible he can become a fool through good sense.

Read more here from blogs I like:

The Rain in My Purse

How to Waste a Notebook

The Lichtenberg Scrapbooks

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