Quotation by G.C. Lichtenberg

We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.
G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742–1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

"Even if my philosophy does not extend to discovering anything new," Lichtenberg wrote, "it does nevertheless possess the courage to regard as questionable what has long been thought true."
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