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Quote Bullet The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
  Camille Paglia - [Critics and Criticism]
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Famous Quotes by Georg C. Lichtenberg (122 Quotations) 
1742-1799, German Physicist, Satirist
Quote Bullet A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Books and Reading]

Quote Bullet 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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Fools and Foolishness]

Quote Bullet A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Literature]

Quote Bullet A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Oppression]

Quote Bullet A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Praise]

Quote Bullet A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Character]

Quote Bullet A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Teachers and Teaching]

Quote Bullet A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Books and Reading]

Quote Bullet Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Aristocracy]

Quote Bullet Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Affectation]

Quote Bullet As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Writers and Writing]

Quote Bullet As the few adepts in such things well know, universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones. There is so much goodness and ingenuity in a raindrop that an apothecary wouldn't let it go for less than half-a-crown...
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Things and Little Things]

Quote Bullet Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Astronomy]

Quote Bullet Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Obscurity]

Quote Bullet Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Liberals]

Quote Bullet Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one: if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Skepticism]

Quote Bullet Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Theory]

Quote Bullet Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Books and Reading]

Quote Bullet Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Learning]

Quote Bullet Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
Georg C. Lichtenberg - [Fashion]

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