Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

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Known for The World as Will and Representation, the German philosopher of 1788 – 1860 knew a lot about ethics, morality, psychology, aesthetics and metaphysics. His political and social thought is one of the most purely centre based perspectives that you are going to get. The name Friedrich Nietzche many years later was inspired by the foundation of this man had to say. A bit of nature vs nurture, his reach is all-encompassing and intriguing.

  • “Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • 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, Essays and Aphorisms
  • “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena
  • “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, The Basis of Morality
  • “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer ,
  • “The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer,
  • “It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.” ― 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 this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “One should use common words to say uncommon things” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. In learning to write, the pupil goes over with his pen what the teacher has outlined in pencil: so in reading; the greater part of the work of thought is already done for us. This is why it relieves us to take up a book after being occupied with our own thoughts. And in reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another’s thoughts. So it comes about that if anyone spends almost the whole day in reading, and by way of relaxation devotes the intervals to some thoughtless pastime, he gradually loses the capacity for thinking; just as the man who always rides, at last forgets how to walk. This is the case with many learned persons: they have read themselves stupid.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “Life is a constant process of dying.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “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.” ― Schopenhauer, Arthur, The Philosophy of Schopenhauer
  • “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, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims
  • “A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims
  • “What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams, and we search in vain for their original. Much would have been gained if, through timely advice and instruction, young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. ” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

Grounding will as a thing in itself, the ideals go further into criticism and sufficient reason. Principium individuations of justice contra idealism, pessimism and correlations to freedom. The anthropic principle in observations and general objectivism in the matters of truths. With this site and Entertainment Culture Online I have 200 quotes, there is an infinite amount more I can do in archiving thousands to tens of thousands of quotes.

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