Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Arthur Schopenhauer was a prominent German philosopher. His most notable contribution is the 1818 publication titled “The World as Will and Representation.” In this work, Schopenhauer describes the phenomenal world as a manifestation of an unseeing and irrational noumenal will. Wikipedia

“Life is a business that does not cover the costs.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Everybody’s friend is nobody’s.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Man is never happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so.” ~ 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.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Truth is most beautiful undraped.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life without pain has no meaning.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Time is that in which all things pass away.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“What a man is: that is to say, personality, in the widest sense of the word; under which are included health, strength, beauty, temperament, moral character, intelligence, and education.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Ignorance is degrading only when found in company with great riches.” ~ 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.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Console yourself by remembering that the world doesn’t deserve your affection.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“What a person is for himself, what abides with him in his loneliness and isolation, and what no one can give or take away from him, this is obviously more essential for him than everything that he possesses or what he may be in the eyes of others…” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Life is a constant process of dying.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The tallest oak tree once was an acorn that any pig could have swallowed.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.” ~ 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

“The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The world is my representation.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Music is the melody whose text is the world.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is only when a man is alone that he is really free.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is only in the microscope that our life looks so big. It is an indivisible point, drawn out and magnified by the powerful lenses of Time and Space.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Women remain children all their lives, for they always see only what is near at hand, cling to the present, take the appearance of a thing for reality, and prefer trifling matters to the most important.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Human life must be some form of mistake.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“No child under the age of fifteen should receive instruction in subjects which may possibly be the vehicle of serious error, such as philosophy, religion, or any other branch of knowledge where it is necessary to take large views; because wrong notions imbibed early can seldom be rooted out, and of all the intellectual faculties, judgment is the last to arrive at maturity.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Human life must be some kind of mistake. The truth of this will be sufficiently obvious if we only remember that man is a compound of needs and necessities hard to satisfy; and that even when they are satisfied, all he obtains is a state of painlessness, where nothing remains to him but abandonment to boredom.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Genius is to other gifts what the carbuncle is to the precious stones. It sends forth its own light, whereas other stones only reflect borrowed light.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A good supply of resignation is of the first importance in providing for the journey of life.” ~ 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

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

“How entirely does the Upanishad breathe throughout the holy spirit of the Vedas! How is every one who by a diligent study of its Persian Latin has become familiar with that incomparable book stirred by that spirit to the very depth of his Soul !” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Whatever folly men commit, be their shortcomings or their vices what they may, let us exercise forbearance; remember that when these faults appear in others it is our follies and vices that we behold.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Ordinary people merely think how they shall ‘spend’ their time; a man of talent tries to ‘use’ it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Genius lives only one storey above madness.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The world is not a factory and animals are not products for our use.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life is a language in which certain truths are conveyed to us; if we could learn them in some other way, we should not live.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“The cause of laughter is simply the sudden perception of the incongruity between a concept and the real project.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“In reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another’s thoughts.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life is a task to be done. It is a fine thing to say defunctus est; it means that the man has done his task.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“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

“Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“For the world is Hell, and men are on the one hand the tormented souls and on the other the devils in it.” ~ 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

“There is something in us that is wiser than our head.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Each day is a little life.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“If God made this world, then i would not want to be the God. It is full of misery and distress that it breaks my heart.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Vedas are the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can be possible in the world.” ~ 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

“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

“A man finds himself, to his great astonishment, suddenly existing, after thousands and thousands of years of non-existence: he lives for a little while; and then, again, comes an equally long period when he must exist no more. The heart rebels against this, and feels that it cannot be true.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“The life of every individual is really always a tragedy, but gone through in detail, it has the character of a comedy.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“All our wanting comes from needs, thus we continiously suffer. The intellect teaches free will, free from suffering.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Again, you may look upon life as an unprofitable episode, disturbing the blessed calm of non-existence. And, in any case, even though things have gone with you tolerably well, the longer you live the more clearly you will feel that, on the whole, life is a disappointment, nay, a cheat.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but also a disruption of thought.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The present is the only reality and the only certainty.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“In general, nine-tenths of our happiness depends on our health alone.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Nothing shocks our moral feelings so deeply as cruelty does. We can forgive every other crime, but not cruelty. The reason for this is that it is the very opposite of compassion.” ~ 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

“Reason deserves to be called a prophet; for in showing us the consequence and effect of our actions in the present, does it not tell us what the future will be?” ~ 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

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A major difficulty in translation is that a word in one language seldom has a precise equivalent in another one.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every original idea is first ridiculed, then vigorously attacked, and finally taken for granted.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is difficult to keep quiet if you have nothing to do.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“If life – the craving for which is the very essence of our being – were possessed of any positive intrinsic value, there would be no such thing as boredom at all: mere existence would satisfy us in itself, and we should want for nothing.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A man becomes a philosopher by reason of a certain perplexity, from which he seeks to free himself.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“To be alone is the fate of all great minds – a fate deplored at times, but still always chosen as the less grievous of two evils.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“No one can transcend their own individuality.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every satisfaction he attains lays the seeds of some new desire, so that there is no end to the wishes of each individual will.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Night gives a black look to everything, whatever it may be.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“In their hearts women think that it is men’s business to earn money and theirs to spend it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“What now on the other hand makes people sociable is their incapacity to endure solitude and thus themselves.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are its tormented souls.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Our life is a loan received from death with sleep as the daily interest on this loan.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“No doubt, when modesty was made a virtue, it was a very advantageous thing for the fools, for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“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

“Music is the answer to the mystery of life. The most profound of all the arts, It expresses the deepest thoughts of life.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“When you look back on your life, it looks as though it were a plot, but when you are into it, it’s a mess: just one surprise after another. Then, later, you see it was perfect.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A man is never happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something that he thinks will make him so; he seldom attains his goal, and when he does, it is only to be disappointed; he is mostly shipwrecked in the end, and comes into harbour with mast and rigging gone. And then, it is all one whether he is happy or miserable; for his life was never anything more than a present moment always vanishing; and now it is over.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Rudeness is better than any argument; it totally eclipses intellect.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To live alone is the fate of all great souls.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“There is only one inborn error. and that is the notion that we exist in order to be happy.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“He who has lost all hope has also lost all fear;.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every genius is a great child; he gazes out at the world as something strange, a spectacle, and therefore with purely objective interest.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Scoundrels are always sociable.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Money is human happiness in the abstract.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Directly after copulation, the devil’s laughter is heard.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Education perverts the mind since we are directly opposing the natural development of our mind by obtaining ideas first and observations last. This is why so few men of learning have such sound common sense as is quite common among the illiterate.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Genuine contempt, on the other hand, is the unsullied conviction of the worthlessness of another.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

“Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The first forty years of our life give the text, the next thirty furnish the commentary upon it, which enables us rightly to understand the true meaning and connection of the text with its moral and its beauties.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“I know of no more beautiful prayer than that which the Hindus of old used in closing: May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“The more distinctly a man knows, the more intelligent he is, the more pain he has; the man who is gifted with genius suffers most of all.” ~ 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

“A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To read a book is to hold an entire world in the palm of your hand. That world is unique to you; no two readers can ever inhabit the same world.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The man who goes up in a balloon does not feel as if he were ascending; he only sees the earth sinking deeper below him.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.” ~ 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.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“This world could not have been the work of an all-loving being, but that of a devil, who had brought creatures into existence in order to delight in the sight of their sufferings.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is only the man whose intellect is clouded by his sexual impulse that could give the name of the fair sex to that undersized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped, and short-legged race.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Will without intellect is the most vulgar and common thing in the world, possessed by every blockhead, who, in the gratification of his passions, shows the stuff of which he is made.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A man of genius can hardly be sociable, for what dialogues could indeed be so intelligent and entertaining as his own monologues?” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is not what things are objectively and in themselves, but what they are for us, in our way of looking at them, that makes us happy or the reverse.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“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

“Genius is an intellect that has become unfaithful to its destiny.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“In savage countries they eat one another, in civilized they deceive one another; and that is what people call the way of the world!” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Vulgar people take huge delight in the faults and follies of great men.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The only certain rule is the one that Aristotle already gave: do not dispute with anyone and everyone, but only with those people you know who are intelligent enough to avoid saying things that are so stupid as to expose themselves to humiliation, who appreciate the truth, and who gladly listen to good reasons, even when the opponent claims them, and who are balanced enough to bear a defeat when the truth is on the other side.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“You must treat a work of art like a great man: stand before it and wait patiently till it deigns to speak.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. This is an error of the intellect as inevitable as that error of the eye which lets you fancy that on the horizon heaven and earth meet.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Since love is a deception practiced by nature, marriage is the attrition of love and must be disillusioning. Only a philosopher can be happy in marriage and philosophers do not marry.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A word too much always defeats its purpose.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Pantheism is only a polite form of atheism.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Thus also every keen pleasure is an error and an illusion, for no attained wish can give lasting satisfaction.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Man is the only animal who causes pain to others with no other object than wanting to do so.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

“Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Instead of developing the child’s own faculties of discernment, and teaching it to judge and think for itself, the teacher uses all his energies to stuff its head full of the ready-made thoughts of other people. The mistaken views of life, which spring from a false application of general ideas, have afterwards to be corrected by long years of experience; and it is seldom that they are wholly corrected.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Intellect is a magnitude of intensity, not a magnitude of extensity.” ~ 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

“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

“Health so far outweighs all external goods that a healthy beggars is truly more fortunate than a king in poor health.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Astrology furnishes a splendid proof of the contemptible subjectivity of men. It refers the course of celestial bodies to the miserable ego: it establishes a connection between the comets in heaven and squabbles and rascalities on earth.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life is full of troubles and vexations, that one must either rise above it by means of corrected thoughts, or leave it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The ordinary man places his life’s happiness in things external to him, in property, rank, wife and children, friends, society, and the like, so that when he loses them or finds them disappointing, the foundation of his happiness is destroyed.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every generation, no matter how paltry its character, thinks itself much wiser than the one immediately preceding it, let alone those that are more remote.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“History is the long, difficult and confused dream of Mankind.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“We seldom speak of what we have but often of what we lack.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“A hedge between keeps friendship green.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The truth can wait, for it lives a long life.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“To gain anything we have longed for is only to discover how vain and empty it is; and even though we are always living in expectation of better things, at the same time we often repent and long to have the past back again.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“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.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Materialism is the philosophy of the subject who forgets to take account of himself.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Knowledge is to certain extent a second existence.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“If a relationship is perfectly natural there will be a complete fusion of the happiness of both of you-owing to fellow-feeling and various other laws which govern our natures, this is, quite simply, the greatest happiness that can exist.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Any foolish boy can stamp on a beetle, but all the professors in the world cannot make a beetle.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“After your death you will be what you were before your birth.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Patriotism is the passion of fools and the most foolish of passions.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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