Lichtenberg’s Waste Books

G. C. Lichtenberg
G. C. Lichtenberg, 1742 – 1799, is still my most favorite writer – I have to say this, though I am living in my home surrounded by thousands of books. Why? Because his style of thinking is so light, so easy, humorous and flexible. Read his WASTE BOOKS!
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The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.” This is a cynic notation considering the fate of the Red Indians. “A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments…” sounds like George W. Bush – but is written down by Professor Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799. He has been a philosopher, but his writing-style was more comfortable to any reader, than the work of the other German genius of that time: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). Lichtenberg loved the ideas of the French Enlightenment and he tried to explain the ideas of empiric science with humor. He was critical against Christian dogmatic. He once shortly noted: “An Amen face.” Or longer: “Nothing offers me such clear proof of how things stand in the world of learning than the circumstance that SPINOZA was for so long regarded as an evil, worthless person and his opinions as dangerous.” Lichtenberg has been a philosopher – but writing with esprit. If you can tolerate his bile, buy his book: “Who has two pairs of trousers turn one of them into cash and purchase this book.” But bear in mind: “A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it, – an apostle is unlikely to look out!

other articles, where I used Lichtenberg quotations:……

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9 responses to “Lichtenberg’s Waste Books

  1. Good to know… I recently used a quote from him. 🙂


  2. A pleasure to read and find out more about Lichtenberg.
    With all the evolution and revolution, for snails it is still “Sauve qui peut”, as always and cranes will enjoy their frogs anytime. 🙂


  3. Thanks for the reconnection… I loved this post. 😉


  4. I’ve never read Lichtenberg, but just the little bit of his text you supplied sounds intriguing for sure! I like philosophy, especially when it has a sense of humor, otherwise it seems so dry. Thanks for the reading tip. I love the photograph.


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