Sunday, January 03, 2010

Mirrors do seldom err

A book is a mirror:
if an ape looks into it
an apostle is hardly likely to look out.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)


  1. Mr. Lichtenberg is a bit sagacious. One never knows. An ape might be more trustworthy than an apostle...(in case it's what I see!!!)

    To your good health, Sean.:)

  2. This is true not just of books, but of almost anything one can think of.

  3. Mirror's always err, actually. Try holding a book up to one. They show a mirror image - the precise opposite of reality.

  4. Where has Sean gone? Hope you are OK.

  5. Claudia,
    quite. Not nice a thought it is (for me) to think of looking into a book / a mirror and an apostle is looking out.
    As for the esteemed hunchback: Certainly he was sagacious; when replacing the 'g' by an 'l' even more than a bit . :)

    Happy New Year, Welshcakes.

    spot on.

    so much I'd like to agree, but alas: Reflecting, the one looking into my mirror does err much more often than the mirror.
    The opposite of reality? :)

    as long as you don't happen to become an apostle ... :)

    Ah, Andrew,
    you are so kind. Thank you!
    Right now I feel very relaxed and at the same time like a volcano. :)
    More about where I was and where I am in the the next blog post.