66 Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes: Word about Money, Free Will, Art & Life

 

1. “Talent is like a marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like a marksman who hits a target which others cannot see.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

2. “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

 

3. “Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.”  — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

4. “Faith is like love: it does not let itself be forced.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

5. “It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

6. “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

7. “Restlessness is the hallmark of existence.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

8. “Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

9. “Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

10. “We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

11. “A genuine work of art, can never be false, nor can it be discredited through the lapse of time, for it does not present an opinion but the thing itself.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

12. “Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

13. “A man of genius can hardly be sociable, for what dialogues could indeed be so intelligent and entertaining as his own monologues?” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

14. “Truth that has been merely learned is like an artificial limb, a false tooth, a waxen nose; at best, like a nose made out of another’s flesh; it adheres to us only ‘because it is put on. But truth acquired by thinking of our own is like a natural limb; it alone really belongs to us.”  — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

15. “A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 



 

16. “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

 

17. “For it is a matter of daily observation that people take the greatest pleasure in that which satisfies their vanity; and vanity cannot be satisfied without comparison with others.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

18. “Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

19. “A man shows his character just in the way in which he deals with trifles-for then he is off his guard.”  — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

20. “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

 

21. “If we suspect that a man is lying, we should pretend to believe him; for then he becomes bold and assured, lies more vigorously, and is unmasked.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

22. “Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

23. “The real meaning of persona is a mask, such as actors were accustomed to wear on the ancient stage; and it is quite true that no one shows himself as he is, but wears his mask and plays his part. Indeed, the whole of our social arrangements may be likened to a perpetual comedy; and this is why a man who is worth anything finds society so insipid, while a blockhead is quite at home in it.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

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24. “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

 

25. “Console yourself by remembering that the world doesn’t deserve your affection.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

26. “Compassion is the basis of morality.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

27. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

28. “What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has or how he is regarded by others.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

29. “Ordinary people merely think how they shall ‘spend’ their time; a man of talent tries to ‘use’ it.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

30. “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

 

31. “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

 

32. “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

 

33. “Reason is feminine in nature; it can only give after it has received. Of itself it has nothing but the empty forms of its operation.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

34. “Scholars are those who have read in books, but thinkers, men of genius, world-enlighteners, and reformers of the human race are those who have read directly in the book of the world.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

35. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 



 

36. “To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

37. “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

 

38. “Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

39. “No rose without a thorn. Yes, but many a thorn without a rose.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

40. “There is a wide difference between the original thinker and the merely learned man.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

41. “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

 

42. “The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

43. “A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

44. “A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

45. “If a man wants to read good books, he must make a point of avoiding bad ones; for life is short, and time and energy limited.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

46. “When, in some dreadful and ghastly dream, we reach the moment of greatest horror, it awakes us; thereby banishing all the hideous shapes that were born of the night. And life is a dream: when the moment of greatest horror compels us to break it off, the same thing happens.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

47. “Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

48. “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 borne them.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

49. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

50. “The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 



 

51. “To forgive and forget means to throw away dearly bought experience.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

52. “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

 

53. “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

 

54. “The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

55. “There are two things which make it impossible to believe that this world is the successful work of an all-wise, all-good, and at the same time, all-powerful being; firstly, the misery which abounds in it everywhere; and secondly, the obvious imperfection of its highest product, man, who is a burlesque of what he should be.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

56. “The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

57. “What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

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

 

59. “The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

60. “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

 

61. “The majority of men… are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and… are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

62. “To live alone is the fate of all great souls.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

63. “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

 

64. “The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

65. “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

 

66.  “Truth is no harlot who throws her arms round the neck of him who does not desire her; on the contrary, she is so coy a beauty that even the man who sacrifices everything to her can still not be certain of her favors.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

 

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