Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

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Arthur Schopenhauer was a philosopher and writer who is very famous for books and writings like The World as Will and Representation, Studies in Pessimism, On the Suffering of the World, Counsels and Maxims as well as many others.

The writings of Arthur Schopenhauer have definitely impacted many lives and there is no doubt that such works have been key to the development of modern day civilization. Schopenhauer was greatly influenced by philosophers like Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, René Descartes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Other outstanding philosophers and thought leaders like Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Carl Jung were actually influenced by the works and writings of Arthur Schopenhauer.

Here are some famous Arthur Schopenhauer quotes on love, will, genius, talent, death, animals, nationalism, truth, loneliness, solitude, human nature and women:

Famous Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Famous Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

1. Compassion is the basis of morality. -Arthur Schopenhauer

2. Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

4. No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose. -Arthur Schopenhauer

5. One should use common words to say uncommon things. -Arthur Schopenhauer

6. Hope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability. -Arthur Schopenhauer

7. I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. -Arthur Schopenhauer

8. We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. -Arthur Schopenhauer

9. Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom. -Arthur Schopenhauer

10. When you’re buying books, you’re optimistically thinking you’re buying the time to read them. -Arthur Schopenhauer

11. 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

12. When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. In learning to write, the pupil goes over with his pen what the teacher has outlined in pencil: so in reading; the greater part of the work of thought is already done for us. This is why it relieves us to take up a book after being occupied with our own thoughts. And in reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another’s thoughts. So it comes about that if anyone spends almost the whole day in reading, and by way of relaxation devotes the intervals to some thoughtless pastime, he gradually loses the capacity for thinking; just as the man who always rides, at last forgets how to walk. This is the case with many learned persons: they have read themselves stupid.

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13. Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. -Arthur Schopenhauer

14. A sense of humor is the only divine quality of man. -Arthur Schopenhauer

15. The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience. -Arthur Schopenhauer

16. Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. -Arthur Schopenhauer

17. Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. -Arthur Schopenhauer

18. 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

19. 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

20. We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor. -Arthur Schopenhauer

21. The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short. -Arthur Schopenhauer

22. 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. -Arthur Schopenhauer

23. The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

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24. Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune. -Arthur Schopenhauer

25. The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

27. We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

31. The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. -Arthur Schopenhauer

32. 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. -Arthur Schopenhauer

33. 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

34. 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

Arthur Schopenhauer Will Quote

Arthur Schopenhauer Will Quote

35. Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.

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Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Love

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Love

36. Faith is like love: it does not let itself be forced. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

38. Where there is no love, a person’s faithfulness to the marriage bond is probably against nature.

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39. I love looking at famous people. Because of the way they look. Because of the way photography makes them look famous. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Genius

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Genius

40. A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial. -Arthur Schopenhauer

41. The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. -Arthur Schopenhauer

42. With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. -Arthur Schopenhauer

43. Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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44. So the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees. -Arthur Schopenhauer

45. 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

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Death

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Death

46. Life is a constant process of dying. -Arthur Schopenhauer

47. After your death you will be what you were before your birth. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

49. 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

50. Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.

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51. Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. -Arthur Schopenhauer

52. Our life is a loan received from death with sleep as the daily interest on this loan. -Arthur Schopenhauer

53. 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

54. 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 this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. -Arthur Schopenhauer

55. If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? Would not a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence, or at any rate not take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood? -Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes About Animals

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes About Animals

56. The world is not a factory and animals are not products for our use. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

58. 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.

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59. 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

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Nationalism

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Nationalism

60. Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. -Arthur Schopenhauer

61. 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.

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62. The cheapest sort of pride is national pride; for if a man is proud of his own nation, it argues that he has no qualities of his own of which he can be proud. -Arthur Schopenhauer

63. National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Truth

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Truth

64. Truth is most beautiful undraped. -Arthur Schopenhauer

65. 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

66. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

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67. Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes. -Arthur Schopenhauer

68. It is only a man’s own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else’s meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Loneliness And Solitude

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Loneliness And Solitude

69. To live alone is the fate of all great souls. -Arthur Schopenhauer

70. Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. -Arthur Schopenhauer

71. 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.

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72. He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom. -Arthur Schopenhauer

73. It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Human Nature

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Human Nature

74. Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. -Arthur Schopenhauer

75. Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

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76. To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Women

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes On Women

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

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

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79. 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

80. 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