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Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer.

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

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Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

 

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

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

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

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

The word of man is the most durable of all material.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

The longer a man's fame is likely to last,
the longer it will be in coming.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

To free a person from error is to give,
and not to take away.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Every nation ridicules other nations,
and all are right.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Honor means that a man is not exceptional;
fame,
that he is.
Fame is something which must be won;
honor,
only something which must not be lost.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity
remain the masters of the world,
and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's
head instead of with one's own.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand,
and we play the cards.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The first forty years of life give us the text;
the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity!
and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his
character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered
many other things of greater value.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for
some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it,
enjoyed in advance.
But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look
forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

To find out your real opinion of someone,
judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law.
If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side,
it must go a like distance on the other;
and it is only after a certain time that it finds the
true point at which it can remain at rest.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that
something can be true and untrue at the same time.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Every person takes the limits of their own field of
vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

There is no doubt that life is given us,
not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome;
to be got over.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The wise have always said the same things,
and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face,
especially the eyes.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism,
a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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


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