Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

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Only loss teaches us about the value of things.
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 (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
Want and boredom are indeed the twin poles of human life.
Arthur Schopenhauer
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
For our improvement we need a mirror.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
To be alone is the fate of all great minds.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena, 1851)
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer (On the Basis of Morality, 1839)
But life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.
Arthur Schopenhauer (The World as Will and Representation, 1819)
Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.
Arthur Schopenhauer (On the Freedom of the Will, 1839)
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer (The World as Will and Representation, 1819)
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
Life is a business that does not cover the costs.
Arthur Schopenhauer (The World as Will and Representation, 1819)
To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.
Arthur Schopenhauer
One can forget everything, everything, only not oneself, one's own being.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena, 1851)
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.
Arthur Schopenhauer (The World as Will and Representation, 1819)
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life, 1851)
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Counsels and Maxims, 1851)
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Studies in Pessimism - Psychological Observations)
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena, 1851)
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Pride is generally censured and decried, but mainly by those who have nothing to be proud of.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena - Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life, 1851)
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
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 (The World as Will and Representation, 1819)
The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.
Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena, 1851)
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Arthur Schopenhauer Biography

Born: February 22, 1788
Died: September 21, 1860

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his highly influential work "The World as Will and Representation". His thoughts has influenced many of the greatest thinkers known to us today.

Notable Works

On Vision and Colors (1816)
The World as Will and Representation (1819)
On the Freedom of the Will (1839)
On the Basis of Morality (1839)
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851)
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