Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799) was a professor of experimental physics and a keeper of Sudelbücher, “waste books” filled with observations and opinions. Here are three non-consecutive entries:
I forget most of what I have read, just as I do most of what I have eaten, but I know that both contribute no less to the conservation of my mind and my body on that account.One could do worse than be a reader of New York Review Books books.
Just as there are polysyllabic words that say very little, so there are also monosyllabic words of infinite meaning.
Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older . . .
From The Waste Books. Trans. R. J. Hollingdale (New York: New York Review Books, 2000). Originally published as Aphorisms (1990).
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