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.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
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.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Every nation ridicules other nations -- and all are right.
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.
Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.
Honor has not to be won it must only not be lost.
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
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.
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure 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.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
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.
Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought.
Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity.
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped.
The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
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.
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.
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.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome-to be got over.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.

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