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Inspirational Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher. This post features some very Inspirational Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes.

He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, in which he characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind, insatiable, and malignant metaphysical will. Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism.

The value of his work is much disputed. Some rank Schopenhauer as one of the most original and inspiring of all philosophers, while others see him as inconsistent and too pessimistic. He has had a huge effect on psychoanalysis and the works of Sigmund Freud. Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Popper, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Leo Tolstoy, Carl Jung, Jorge Luis Borges, D. H. Lawrence, Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner were all strongly influenced by his work.

Schopenhauer also developed some ideas that can be found in the theory of evolution, before Darwin began to publish his work, for example the idea that all life strives to preserve itself and to engender new life, and that our mental faculties are merely tools to that end. His respect for the rights of animals. He thought of animals and humans as both being objectification of the same underlying Will.

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes
Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

“Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.”
Arthur Schopenhauer quotes

“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

“A sense of humor is the only divine quality of man.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, “Lighthouses” as the poet said “erected in the sea of time.” They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.”
― 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

“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Hope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability. ”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Faith is like love: it does not let itself be forced.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“The safest way of not being very miserable is not to expect to be very happy.”
Arthur Schopenhauer quotes

“The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“I have not yet spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself from above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Marrying means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“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

“Talent works for money and fame; the motive which moves genius to productivity is, on the other hand, less easy to determine.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Philosophy is a science, and as such has no articles of faith; accordingly, in it nothing can be assumed as existing except what is either positively given empirically, or demonstrated through indubitable conclusions.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don’t believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“It would be better if there were nothing. Since there is more pain than pleasure on earth, every satisfaction is only transitory, creating new desires and new distresses, and the agony of the devoured animal is always far greater than the pleasure of the devourer.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”
― Arthur 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 quotes

“The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.”
― 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.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

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