Aphorisms by author: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

A man is never more serious than when he praises himself.
By theme : Egoism Men
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Truth
We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
By theme : Stupidity Wisdom
We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
By theme : Wit
The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
By theme : Truth
To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
By theme : Psychology Relations
He, who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
By theme : Psychology Wisdom
I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up.
By theme : Psychology
We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.
By theme : Knowledge Old Psychology
If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.
By theme : Behavior Thought Wisdom
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
By theme : Art Behavior Creativity Psychology
Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
By theme : Knowledge Wisdom
It is a golden rule not to judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
By theme : Fashion Truth
If moderation is a fault then indifference is a crime.
By theme : Morality Philosophy Psychology
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
By theme : Character Person
Delicacy in woman is strength.
By theme : Women
Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.
By theme : Love Marriage Wit
Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own.
By theme : History Time
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