Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out.

First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.

Don't judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.

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.

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.

Judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them.