Joke is a reduction glass

Victorian appearance and anachronistic “tools”:
title: Steam Punk, Maker Faire 2011, San Mateo
photo by Will Wilson, San Francisco

If subtlety is a magnifying glass,
then joke a reduction glass.

Do you believe,
that discoveries only could made
by a magnifying glass?

summary by frizztext:
To reduce the size of an idol
by a diminishing glass
sometimes makes wise again ...

Wenn Scharfsinn ein Vergrößerungsglas ist,
so ist der Witz ein Verkleinerungsglas (concave lens).

Glaubt ihr denn,
dass sich bloß Entdeckungen
mit Vergrößerungsgläsern machen ließen?

G.C. Lichtenberg 1742-1799 (D 465)

About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

4 responses to “Joke is a reduction glass

  1. What a riot! 🙂


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