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German philosopher and author (d. 1860), Birth: 22-2-1788, Death: 21-9-1860 Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes
1.
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

The progression of truth follows a three-step process: initially derided, then fiercely contested, and finally recognized as unquestionable.
2.
It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.
Arthur Schopenhauer

It is challenging to discover contentment within oneself, but it is inconceivable to locate it anywhere else.
3.
The majority of men... are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and... are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The vast majority of people... are unable to think analytically, but only to accept, and... are not perceptive to rational arguments, but instead susceptible to control.
4.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
Arthur Schopenhauer

'A man can maintain his individuality only in the absence of company; and if he does not cherish solitude, he will not appreciate autonomy; for it is when alone that he truly has autonomy.'
5.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer

'Skill strikes at a mark nobody else can reach; Brilliance strikes at a mark nobody else can discern.'
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The real meaning of persona is a mask, such as actors were accustomed to wear on the ancient stage; and it is quite true that no one shows himself as he is, but wears his mask and plays his part. Indeed, the whole of our social arrangements may be likened to a perpetual comedy; and this is why a man who is worth anything finds society so insipid, while a blockhead is quite at home in it.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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Man is the only animal who causes pain to others with no other object than wanting to do so.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Humans are the only creatures who deliberately inflict suffering on others out of sheer malice.
8.
A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.
Arthur Schopenhauer

A cynic is an idealist with a clear understanding of reality.
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Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.
Arthur Schopenhauer

'Insight and insanity share a kinship: inhabiting an alternate realm compared to the rest of us.'
10.
Consider the Koran... this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.
Arthur Schopenhauer

12.
Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Religions are like luminous sparks. They need a backdrop of obscurity to glimmer.
13.
We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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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

Nature demonstrates that as intellect expands, the potential for anguish intensifies, and it is only with maximum intelligence that distress reaches its peak.
15.
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
Arthur Schopenhauer

16.
Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
Arthur Schopenhauer

17.
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Arthur Schopenhauer

18.
Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don't believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.
Arthur Schopenhauer

19.
If anyone spends almost the whole day in reading...he gradually loses the capacity for thinking...This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid
Arthur Schopenhauer

20.
Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. 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

21.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer

22.
Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.
Arthur Schopenhauer

23.
We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer

25.
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
Arthur Schopenhauer

26.
To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish
Arthur Schopenhauer

27.
Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
Arthur Schopenhauer

28.
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

29.
The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.
Arthur Schopenhauer

30.
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
Arthur Schopenhauer

31.
In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death.
Arthur Schopenhauer

32.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Arthur Schopenhauer

33.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Arthur Schopenhauer

34.
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

35.
There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted.
Arthur Schopenhauer

36.
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.
Arthur Schopenhauer

37.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Arthur Schopenhauer

38.
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.
Arthur Schopenhauer

40.
Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
Arthur Schopenhauer

41.
There is something in us that is wiser than our head.
Arthur Schopenhauer

42.
Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.
Arthur Schopenhauer

43.
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

44.
When you look back on your life, it looks as though it were a plot, but when you are into it, it's a mess: just one surprise after another. Then, later, you see it was perfect.
Arthur Schopenhauer

45.
There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness, revelry, high life.
Arthur Schopenhauer

46.
Optimism is not only a false but also a pernicious doctrine, for it presents life as a desirable state and man's happiness as its aim and object. Starting from this, everyone then believes he has the most legitimate claim to happiness and enjoyment. If, as usually happens, these do not fall to his lot, he believes that he suffers an injustice, in fact that he misses the whole point of his existence.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? Would not a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence, or at any rate not take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood?
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

49.
If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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