Arthur Schopenhauer

German pessimist philosopher (1788-1860)

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All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.Rate it:
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Compassion is the basis of all morality.Rate it:
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.Rate it:
Every nation ridicules other nations -- and all are right.Rate it:
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.Rate it:
Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.Rate it:
Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.Rate it:
Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.Rate it:
Honor has not to be won it must only not be lost.Rate it:
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.Rate it:
How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.Rate it:
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.Rate it:
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.Rate it:
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.Rate it:
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.Rate it:
Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought.Rate it:
Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.Rate it:
Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.Rate it:
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.Rate it:
The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.Rate it:
The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity.Rate it:
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped.Rate it:
The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.Rate it:
The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.Rate it:
The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised; as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome-to be got over.Rate it:
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.Rate it:
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.Rate it:
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.Rate it:

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