Quotations by Arthur Schopenhauer

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Born: Friday, February 22, 1788
Died: Friday, September 21, 1860 (72 years old)
Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: German


A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Man)

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Man, Want)

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
(Keywords: Delight, Man, Pleasure, Satisfaction)

A man's face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man's thoughts and aspirations.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Thoughts, Aspirations, Man, Will)

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Death, Will)

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
(Keywords: Truth, Being, First, Self)

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: People, Spring)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Knowledge, Disorder, May, Value, Will)

Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Money, People, Thoughts, Cards)

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Being, Boredom)

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
(Keywords: Time, Books, Buying)

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Change)

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Morality, Compassion)

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
(Keywords: Death, Day, Rest, Sleep, Waking, Youth)

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Vision, Limits, Man, World)

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Nation, Nations, Right)

Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Death, Parting)

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Vision, Limits, World)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Time, Chance, Lent, May, Possession)

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
(Keywords: Time, Effect, Fault)

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Fortune, Friends)

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Men, Eagles, Solitude)

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
(Keywords: Time)

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Heart, Contempt, Hatred)

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Honor)

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
(Keywords: Fame, Honor, Man)

I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Reading, Trouble)

If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Life)

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Effect, First, Opinion, Sight, Want)

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Work, Heart, Action)

In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Rights, World)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Absurdity, World)

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Gain, Order, Pain, Pleasure)

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Treatment, Trifles)

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
(Keywords: Life, Truth, Thoughts, Clothes, Man)

It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Impression, First)

It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Character, Man, Trifles)

It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Cards, Difference, Fate, Play)

Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Dogs)

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

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Ability, Famous, Man)

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Women, Enemies)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Money)

Music is the melody whose text is the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Music, World)

National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Character, Country, Mankind, Name, Nation, Nations, Right)

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
(Keywords: Intelligence, Nature, Growth, Pain, Suffering)

Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: History, Newspapers)

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Keywords: Intellect, Obstinacy, Result, Will)

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
(Keywords: Time, Gravity, Law, Opinion, Past, Rest)

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
(Keywords: Patriotism, Learning)



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