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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Date de naissance: 1. juillet 1742
Date de décès: 24. février 1799

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, né à Ober-Ramstadt le 1er juillet 1742 et mort à Göttingen le 24 février 1799, est un philosophe, écrivain et physicien allemand.

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„To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook A (1765-1770), Context: 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. … To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject. A 38

„Translation: With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook L (1793-1796), Bei den meisten Menschen gründet sich der unglaube in einer Sache auf blinden Glauben in einer anderen. http://books.google.com/books?id=oK1LAAAAcAAJ&q=%22Bei+den+meisten+Menschen+gr%C3%BCndet+sich+der+unglaube+in+einer+Sache+auf+blinden+Glauben+in+einer+anderen%22&pg=PA104#v=onepage L 81 Variant translation: With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.

„Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one:“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook A (1765-1770), Context: 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. … To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject. A 38

„The motives that lead us to do anything might be arranged like the thirty-two winds and might be given names on the same pattern“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Context: The motives that lead us to do anything might be arranged like the thirty-two winds and might be given names on the same pattern: for instance, "bread-bread-fame" or "fame-fame-bread." Referring to a diagrammatic "Compass of Motives", as quoted in Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewussten [Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious] (1905) by Sigmund Freud, as translated by James Strachey (1960), p. 101; also quoted by Freud in an open letter to Albert Einstein, Why War? (1933). Variant translation: The motives that lead us to do anything might be arranged like the thirty-two winds and might be given names on the same pattern: for instance, "food-food-fame" or "fame-fame-food".

„Sense and understanding thus come to the aid of memory. Sense is order and order is in the last resort conformity with our nature. When we speak rationally we are only speaking in accordance with the nature of our being.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook J (1789), Context: A great speech is easy to learn by heart and a great poem even easier. How hard it would be to memorize as many words linked together senselessly, or a speech in a foreign tongue! Sense and understanding thus come to the aid of memory. Sense is order and order is in the last resort conformity with our nature. When we speak rationally we are only speaking in accordance with the nature of our being. That is why we devise genera and species in the case of plants and animals. The hypotheses we make belong here too: we are obliged to have them because otherwise we would unable to retain things... The question is, however, whether everything is legible to us. Certainly experiment and reflection enable us to introduce a significance into what is not legible, either to us or at all: thus we see faces or landscapes in the sand, though they are certainly not there. The introducion of symmetries belongs here too, silhouettes in inkblots, etc. Likewise the gradation we establish in the order of creatures: all this is not in the things but in us. In general we cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing. J 65

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