Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

112 Arthur Schopenhauer quotes:

"Music is the melody whose text is the world."
"Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other."
"Compassion is the basis of morality."
"The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him."
"It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own."
"Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right."
"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."
"There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over."
"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."
"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."
"With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy."
"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."
"We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success."
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see."
"Intellect is invisible to the man who has none"
"No one can transcend their own individuality."

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