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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.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The great trick of regarding small departures from the truth as the truth itself -- on which is founded the entire integral calculus -- is also the basis of our witty speculations, where the whole thing would often collapse if we considered the departures with philosophical rigour.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede, not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.
—  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
In mathematical analysis we call x the undetermined part of line a: the rest we don't call y, as we do in common life, but a-x. Hence mathematical language has great advantages over the common language.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The greater part of human misery is caused by indolence.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
All mathematical laws which we find in Nature are always suspect to me, in spite of their beauty. They give me no pleasure. They are merely auxiliaries. At close range it is all not true.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.
—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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