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By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Sexual passion is the cause of war and the end of peace, the basis of what is serious... and consequently the concentration of all desire

By Anonym 17 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Never combat any man's opinion; for though you reached the age of Methuselah, you would never have done setting him right upon all the absurd things that he believes. It is also well to avoid correcting people's mistakes in conversation, however good your intentions may be; for it is easy to offend people, and difficult, if not impossible to mend them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The heavy armor becomes the light dress of childhood; the pain is brief, the joy unending.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

El hombre puede, acaso, hacer lo que quiere; pero no puede querer lo que quiere".

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

However, for the man who studies to gain insight, books and studies are merely rungs of the ladder on which he climbs to the summit of knowledge. As soon as a rung has raised him up one step, he leaves it behind. On the other hand, the many who study in order to fill their memory do not use the rungs of the ladder for climbing, but take them off and load themselves with them to take away, rejoicing at the increasing weight of the burden. They remain below forever, because they bear what should have bourne them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

For the purpose of acquiring gain, everything else is pushed aside or thrown overboard, for example, as is philosophy by the professors of philosophy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

He who writes carelessly confesses thereby at the very outset that he does not attach much importance to his own thoughts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

We must set limits to our wishes, curb our desires, moderate our anger, always remembering that an individual can attain only an infinitesimal share in anything that is worth having; and that on the other hand, everyone must incur many of the ills of life

By Anonym 16 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Immediate reality is conditional upon individual consciousness. Thus the individual real existence of man also lies first and foremost in his consciousness. But this is as such necessarily ideational, and thus conditioned by the intellect and by the sphere and substance of the intellect's activity. The degree of clarity of consciousness, and consequently of thought, can therefore be regarded as the degree of reality of existence. But this degree of thought, or of clear consciousness of ones own existence and that of others, varies very greatly within the human race itself according to the measure of natural intellectual power, the extent to which this is developed, and the amount of leisure available for reflection. - On Psychology

By Anonym 17 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are the tormented souls. - On Religion

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Astrology furnishes a splendid proof of the contemptible subjectivity of men in consequence whereof they refer everything to themselves and from every idea at once go straight back to themselves. Astrology refers the course of celestial bodies to the miserable ego; it also establishes a connection between the comets in heaven and the squabbles and rascalities on earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

It is, indeed, only in old age that intellectual men attain their sublime expression, whilst portraits of them in their youth show only the first traces of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Scoundrels are always sociable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The fourfold root of the principle of sufficent reason is "Anything perceived has a cause. All conclusions have premises. All effects have causes. All actions have motives.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth that is naked is the most beautiful.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

If the immediate and direct purpose of our life is not suffering then our existence is the most Ill-adapted to its purpose in the world: for it is absurd to suppose that the endless affliction of which the world is everywhere full, and which arises out of the need and distress pertaining essentially to life, should be purposeless and purely accidental. Each individual misfortune, to be sure, seems an exceptional occurrence; but misfortune in general is the rule.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one. But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole! We are like lambs in a field, disporting themselves under the eye of the butcher, who chooses out first one and then another for his prey.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The cheapest kind of pride, on the other hand, is national pride. For it betrays in those affected by it the lack of individual qualities of which they could be proud, since they would otherwise not grasp at something that they share with so many millions. Rather those who possess significant personal qualities will recognize most clearly the faults of their own nation, since they constantly have them in front of them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Many undoubtedly owe their good fortune to the circumstance that they possess a pleasing smile with which they win hearts. Yet these hearts would do better to beware and to learn from Hamlet's tables that one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

I have described religion as the metaphysics of the people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Console yourself by remembering that the world doesn't deserve your affection.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

If at any moment Time stays his hand, it is only when we are delivered over to the miseries of boredom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

We deceive and flatter no one by such delicate artificies as we do our own selves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The nobler and more perfect a thing is, the later and slower it is in arriving at maturity. A man reaches the maturity of his reasoning powers and mental faculties hardly before the age of twenty-eight; a woman at eighteen.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The poet presents the imagination with images from life and human characters and situations, sets them all in motion and leaves itto the beholder to let these images take his thoughts as far as his mental powers will permit. This is why he is able to engage men of the most differing capabilities, indeed fools and sages together. The philosopher, on the other hand, presents not life itself but the finished thoughts which he has abstracted from it and then demands that the reader should think precisely as, and precisely as far as, he himself thinks. That is why his public is so small.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Viaţa şi visele sunt filele uneia şi aceleiaşi cărţi. Lectura ei coerentă înseamnă viaţa reală. Dar de fiecare dată, după ce s-a-ncheiat ora (ziua) destinată citirii şi a venit vremea repausului, adesea mai răsfoim plictisiţi câte-o carte, deschizând-o la o pagină sau alta, în dezordine şi incoerent; de multe ori este vorba despre o pagină deja citită sau una încă necunoscută, dar e-ntotdeauna din aceeaşi carte. E-adevărat, o filă citită separat n-are nici o legătură cu lectura integrală şi consecventă, însă astfel ea nu este cu mult mai prejos decât aceasta dacă ne gândim că, în ansamblul ei, şi o lectură consecventă începe şi se termină tot pe nepregătite şi, prin urmare, poate fi privită doar ca o singură pagină mai mare.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

A major difficulty in translation is that a word in one language seldom has a precise equivalent in another one.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

If you try to imagine as nearly as you can what an amount of misery, pain, and suffering of every kind the sun shines upon in its course, you will admit that it would be much better if on the earth as little as on the moon the sun were able to call forth the phenomena of life; and if, here as there, the surface were still in a crystalline state".

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Poetry is related to philosophy as experience is related to empirical science. Experience makes us acquainted with the phenomenon in the particular and by means of examples, science embraces the whole of phenomena by means of general conceptions. So poetry seeks to make us acquainted with the Platonic Ideas through the particular and by means of examples. Philosophy aims at teaching, as a whole and in general, the inner nature of things which expresses itself in these. One sees even here that poetry bears more the character of youth, philosophy that of old age.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

...nothing at all rides on the life or death of the individual.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Every original idea is first ridiculed, then vigorously attacked, and finally taken for granted.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The beard, being a half-mask, should be forbidden by the police - It is, moreover, as a sexual symbol in the middle of the face, obscene: that is why it pleases women.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The auspices for philosophy are bad if, when proceeding ostensibly on the investigation of truth, we start saying farewell to all uprightness, honesty and sincerity, and are intent only on passing ourselves off for what we are not. We then assume, like those three sophists [Fichte, Schelling and Hegel], first a false pathos, then an affected and lofty earnestness, then an air of infinite superiority, in order to impose where we despair of ever being able to convince.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

there are very few who can think, but every man wants to have an opinion; and what remains but to take it ready-made from others, instead of forming opinions for himself?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

To free a man from error is not to deprive him of anything but to give him something: for the knowledge that a thing is false is a piece of truth. No error is harmless: sooner or later it will bring misfortune to him who harbours it. Therefore deceive no one, but rather confess ignorance of what you do not know, and leave each man to devise his own articles of faith for himself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Consciousness makes the individual careful to maintain his own existence; and if this were not so, there would be no surety for the preservation of the species. From all this it is clear that individuality is not a form of perfection, but rather a limitation; and so to be freed from it is not loss but gain.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

This actual world of what is knowable, in which we are and which is in us, remains both the material and the limit of our consideration.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has or how he is regarded by others.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Where there is much pride or much vanity, there will also be much revengefulness. - On Psychology

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Wir tappen im Labyrinth unsers Lebenswandels und im Dunkel unserer Forschungen umher: helleAugenblicke erleuchten dabei wie Blitze unsernWeg. We grope about in the labyrinth of our life and in the obscurity of our investigations; bright moments illuminate our path like flashes of lightning.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

One can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind. In order to read what is good one must make it a condition never to read what is bad; for life is short, and both time and strength limited.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

I owe what is best in my own development to the impression made by Kant's works, the sacred writings of the Hindus, and Plato.