Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German physicist, satirist

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It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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 Christoph Lichtenberg
The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The proof that man is the noblest of all creatures is that no other creature has ever denied it. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg