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By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

There is nothing to be got in the world anywhere; privation and pain pervade it, and boredom lies in wait at every corner for those who have escaped them. Moreover, wickedness usually reigns, and folly does all the talking. Fate is cruel, and human beings are pathetic.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams, and we search in vain for their original. Much would have been gained if, through timely advice and instruction, young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

There are tree main bulwarks of defence against new thoughts: to pay no heed, to give no credence, and finally to assert that it had already long existed.

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 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Reason is feminine in nature; it can only give after it has received.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

All the cruelty and torment of which the world is full is in fact merely the necessary result of the totality of the forms under which the will to live is objectified.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties

By Anonym 17 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Mankind is growing out of religion as out of its childhood clothes. - 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 16 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

In general, nine-tenths of our happiness depends on our health alone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

A book can never be anything more than the impress of its author's thoughts; and the value of these will lie either in the matter about which he has thought, or in the form which his thoughts take, in other words, what it is that he has thought about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

One man is more concerned with the impression he makes on the rest of mankind, another with the impression the rest of mankind makes on him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The happiness which we receive from ourselves is greater than that which we obtain from our surroundings. . . . The world in which a person lives shapes itself chiefly by the way in which he or she looks at it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

I cannot here withhold the statement that optimism, where it is not merely the thoughtless talk of those who harbor nothing but words under their shallow foreheads, seems to me to be not merely an absurd, but also a really wicked, way of thinking, a bitter mockery of the most unspeakable sufferings of mankind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Die allermeiste Gesellschaft ist so beschaffen, dass wer sie gegen die Einsamkeit vertauscht einen guten Handel macht.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

It is only in the microscope that our life looks so big.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

There are three stages in the revelation of truth. The first is to be ridiculed, the second is to be resisted and the third is to be considered self-evident.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The little honesty that exists among authors is discernible in the unconscionable way they misquote from the writings of others.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

We should comfort ourselves with the masterpieces of art as with exalted personages-stand quietly before them and wait till they speak to us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Not to go to the theater is like making one's toilet without a mirror.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Whether we are in a pleasant or a painful state depends, finally, upon the kind of matter that pervades and engrosses our consciousness and what we compare it to - better and we envious and sad, worse and we feel grateful and happy.

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

The world is not a factory and animals are not products for our use

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The young should early be trained to bear being left alone; for it is a source of happiness and peace of mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

That a god like Jehovah should have created this world of misery and woe, out of pure caprice, and because he enjoyed doing it, and should then have clapped his hands in praise of his own work, and declared everything to be very good-that will not do at all!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Virtue is as little to be acquired by learning as genius; nay, the idea is barren, and is only to be employed as an instrument, in the same way as genius in respect to art. It would be as foolish to expect that our moral and ethical systems would turn out virtuous, noble, and holy beings, as that our aesthetic systems would produce poets, painters, and musicians.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer's booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once; and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Every woman while she would be ready to die of shame if surprised in the act of generation, nonetheless carries her pregnancy without a trace of shame and indeed with a kind of pride. The reason is that pregnancy is in a certain sense a cancellation of the guilt incurred by coitus; thus coitus bears all the shame and disgrace of the affair, while pregnancy, which is so intimately associated with it, stays pure and innocent and is indeed to some extent sacred.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

What people commonly call Fate is, as a general rule, nothing but their own stupid and foolish conduct.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Under presupposition of free will each human action would be an inexplicable miracle - an effect without cause. And if one dares the attempt to make such a liberum arbitrium indifferentiae imaginable to oneself, one will soon become aware that here the understanding quite genuinely comes to a standstill: it has no form for thinking of such a thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness, revelry, high life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Honour is external conscience, and conscience is inward honour.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

[T]he moralists of Europe [have] pretended that beasts have no rights... a doctrine revolting/gross/barbarous... on which a native of the Asiatic uplands could not look without righteous horror.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

What keeps all living things busy and in motion is the striving to exist. But when existence is secured, they do not know what to do: that is why the second thing that sets them in motion is a striving to get rid of the burden of existence, not to feel it any longer, 'to kill time', i.e. to escape boredom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

There is more to be learnt from every page of David Hume than from the collected philosophical works of Hegel, Herbart, and Schleiermacher are taken together.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

A human being does at all times only what he wills, and yet does it necessarily. But that rests on the fact that he is what he wills: for out of what he is everything that he does at any time follows necessarily.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The charlatan takes very different shapes according to circumstances; but at bottom he is a man who cares nothing about knowledge for its own sake, and only strives to gain the semblance of it that he may use it for his own personal ends, which are always selfish and material.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

All geniuses are peculiarly inclined to solitude, to which they are driven as much by their difference from others as the inner wealth with which they are quipped, since among humans, among diamonds, only the uncommonly great are suited as solitaires: the ordinary ones must be set in clusters to produce any effect.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Money is human happiness in the abstract.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The law of simplicity and naïveté applies to all fine art, for it is compatible with what is most sublime.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

Talent is able to achieve what is beyond other people's capacity to achieve, yet not what is beyond their capacity of apprehension; therefore it at once finds its appreciators. The achievement of genius, on the other hand, transcends not only others' capacity of achievement, but also their capacity of apprehension; therefore they do not become immediately aware of it. Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target, as far as which others cannot even see.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

To desire immortality for the individual is really the same as wanting to perpetuate an error forever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.

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 15 Sep

Arthur Schopenhauer

The principle of contradiction establishes merely the agreement of concepts, but does not itself produce concepts.