Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

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Born: February 22, 1788,
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Died: , September 21, 1860
Occupation: Author

1.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

2.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

3.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

4.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

5.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

6.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!
- Arthur Schopenhauer

7.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

8.
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

9.
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

10.
Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

11.
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

12.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

13.
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

14.
Hatred is an affair of the heart contempt that of the head.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

15.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

16.
It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else's meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

17.
It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

18.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

19.
Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another but women are by nature enemies.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

20.
Money is human happiness in the abstract he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

21.
Music is the melody whose text is the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

22.
Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

23.
Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

24.
Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

25.
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

26.
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

27.
Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

28.
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

29.
Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

30.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

31.
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

32.
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

33.
The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

34.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

35.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

36.
There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

37.
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

38.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

39.
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

40.
We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

41.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

42.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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