Published between 1793 and 1799.
“People talk a lot about Enlightenment and ask for more light. But my God, what good is all that light, if people either have no eyes, or if those who do have eyes, resolutely keep them shut?”.
“All the mischief in the world may be put down to the general, indiscriminate veneration of old laws, old customs and old religion.”
“A book is a mirror: if an ass peers in, you can’t expect an apostle to look out.”
Ausführliche Erklärung der Hogarthischen Kupferstiche (Complete Explanation of Hogarth’s Etchings, 1794-9) 1794
Published in five instalments. Lichtenberg was one of the sharpest German observers of English society.