It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.

Georg C. Lichtenberg Wisdom Quotes

Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.

Georg C. Lichtenberg Age Quotes

The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer’s own weaknesses reflected back from others.

Georg C. Lichtenberg Knowledge Quotes

One must judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.

Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.

Georg C. Lichtenberg Men Quotes

Here take back the stuff that I am nature knead it back into the dough of being make of me a bush a cloud whatever you will even a man only no longer make me me.

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.

Georg C. Lichtenberg Nature Quotes