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Arthur Schopenhauer quotes (26)

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. It is difficult to keep quiet if you have nothing to do.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Opinion

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Limits

The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Bore

Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life as to a certain extent sacred.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Morning

He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Trust

Great minds are like eagles and build their nest in some lofty solitude.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Mind

Every nation ridicules other nations and all are right.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Ridicule

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   Category: Book

We forfeit three fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Copy

They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Suicide

Change alone is eternal perpetual immortal.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Change

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Politeness

Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Art

Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Wisdom

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Life

To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Immortality

Money alone is absolutely good because it is not only a concrete satisfaction of one need in particular; it is an abstract satisfaction of all.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Money

A word too much always defeats its purpose.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Word

Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid the further the date of redemption is postponed.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Death

There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness revelry high life.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Happiness

The progress of life shows a man the stuff of which he is made.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Unsorted

On a cold winter's day a group of porcupines huddled together to stay warm and keep from freezing. But soon they felt one another's quills and moved apart. When the need for warmth brought them closer together again their quills again forced them apart. They were driven back and forth at the mercy of their discomforts until they found the distance from one another that provided both a maximum of warmth and a minimum of pain. In human beings the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth but at the same time we are spared the stab of one another's quills.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Manners

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Honor

A man can do what he wants but not want what he wants.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: See

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Hate

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   Category: Truth