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Arthur Schopenhauer
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A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own. Arthur Schopenhauer
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It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Monotheistic religions alone furnish the spectacle of religious wars, religious persecutions, heretical tribunals, that breaking of idols and destruction of images of the gods, that razing of Indian temples and Egyptian colossi, which had looked on the sun 3,000 years: just because a jealous god had said, Thou shalt make no graven image. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Of all the intellectual faculties, judgment is the last to mature. A child under the age of fifteen should confine its attention either to subjects like mathematics, in which errors of judgment are impossible, or to subjects in which they are not very dangerous, like languages, natural science, history, etc. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The vanity of existence is revealed in the whole form existence assumes: in the infiniteness of time and space contrasted with the finiteness of the individual in both; in the fleeting present as the sole form in which actuality exists; in the contingency and relativity of all things; in continual becoming without being; in continual desire without satisfaction; in the continual frustration of striving of which life consists. . . Time is that by virtue of which everything becomes nothingness in our hands and loses all real value. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. It is in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others and denies nothing to itself. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The highest, most varied and lasting pleasures are those of the mind. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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
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...this our world, which is so real, with all its suns and milky ways is-nothing. Arthur Schopenhauer
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There are, first of all, two kinds of authors: those who write for the subject's sake, and those who write for writing's sake. The first kind have had thoughts or experiences which seem to them worth communicating, while the second kind need money and consequently write for money. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The progress of life shows a man the stuff of which he is made. Arthur Schopenhauer
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A poet or philosopher should have no fault to find with his age if it only permits him to do his work undisturbed in his own corner; nor with his fate if the corner granted him allows of his following his vocation without having to think about other people. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Knowledge is to certain extent a second existence. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Our religions will never at any time take root; the ancient wisdom of the human race will not be supplanted by the events in Galilee. On the contrary, Indian wisdom flows back to Europe, and will produce a fundamental change in our knowledge and thought. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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 dearth. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money. Arthur Schopenhauer
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If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it. Arthur Schopenhauer
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...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
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the brut first knows death when it dies, but man draws consciously nearer to it every hour that he lives; and this makes his life at times a questionable good even to him who has not recognised this character of constant anaihilation in the whole of life. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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
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To repeat abstractly, universally, and distinctly in concepts the whole inner nature of the world , and thus to deposit it as a reflected image in permanent concepts always ready for the faculty of reason , this and nothing else is philosophy. Arthur Schopenhauer
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And yet, just as our body would burst asunder if the pressure of the atmosphere were removed from it, so would the arrogance of men expand, if not to the point of bursting then to that of the most unbridled folly, indeed madness, if the pressure of want, toil, calamity and frustration were removed from their life. One can even say that we require at all times a certain quantity of care or sorrow or want, as a ship requires ballast, in order to keep on a straight course. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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 the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Necessity is the constant scourge of the lower classes, ennui of the higher ones. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Every hero is a Samson. The strong man succumbs to the intrigues of the weak and the many; and if in the end he loses all patience he crushes both them and himself. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Sleep is to a man what winding up is to a clock. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Genius is an intellect that has become unfaithful to its destiny. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The ultimate foundation of honor is the conviction that moral character is unalterable: a single bad action implies that future actions of the same kind will, under similar circumstances, also be bad. Arthur Schopenhauer
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I owe what is best in my own development to the impression made by Kant's works, the sacred writings of the Hindus, and Plato. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer's mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself. Arthur Schopenhauer
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A man who has no mental needs, because his intellect is of the narrow and normal amount, is, in the strict sense of the word, what is called a philistine. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The scenes of our life are like pictures done in rough mosaic. Looked at close, they produce no effect. There is nothing beautiful to be found in them, unless you stand some distance off. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Solitude will be welcomed or endured or avoided, according as a man's personal value is large or small. Arthur Schopenhauer
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To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake Arthur Schopenhauer
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Man is never happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts. Arthur Schopenhauer
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All pantheism must ultimately be shipwrecked on the inescapable demands of ethics, and then on the evil and suffering of the world. If the world is a theophany , then everything done by man, and even by animal, is equally divine and excellent; nothing can be more censurable and nothing more praiseworthy than anything else; hence there is no ethics. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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. Arthur Schopenhauer
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In order to increase his pleasures, man has intentionally added to the number and pressure of his needs, which in their original state were not much more difficult to satisfy than those of the brute. Hence luxury in all its forms; delicate food, the use of tobacco and opium, spirituous liquors, fine clothes, and the thousand and one things that he considers necessary to his existence. Arthur Schopenhauer
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We should be surprised that a matter that generally plays such an important part in the life of man has hitherto been almost entirely disregarded by philosophers, and lies before us as raw and untreated material. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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
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When a new truth enters the world, the first stage of reaction to it is ridicule, the second stage is violent opposition, and in the third stage, that truth comes to be regarded as self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Animals learn death first at the moment of death;...man approaches death with the knowledge it is closer every hour, and this creates a feeling of uncertainty over his life, even for him who forgets in the business of life that annihilation is awaiting him. It is for this reason chiefly that we have philosophy and religion. Arthur Schopenhauer
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All our wanting comes from needs, thus we continiously suffer. The intellect teaches free will, free from suffering. Arthur Schopenhauer
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We see in tragedy the noblest men, after a long conflict and suffering, finally renounce forever all the pleasure of life and the aims till then pursued so keenly, or cheerfully and willingly give up life itself. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Descartes is rightly regarded as the father of modern philosophy primarily and generally because he helped the faculty of reason to stand on its own feet by teaching men to use their brains in place whereof the Bible, on the one hand, and Aristotle, on the other, had previously served. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer?s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark. Arthur Schopenhauer
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To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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
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To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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
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Indeed, intolerance is essential only to monotheism; an only God is by nature a jealous God who will not allow another to live. On the other hand, polytheistic gods are naturally tolerant, they live and let live. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Always to see the general in the particular is the very foundation of genius. Arthur Schopenhauer
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You are free to do what you want, but you are not free to want what you want. Arthur Schopenhauer
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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
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That which knows all things and is known by none is the subject. Arthur Schopenhauer
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...it is only the hope of what is claimed that begets and nurishes the wish; Arthur Schopenhauer
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Our civilized world is nothing but a great masquerade. You encounter knights, parsons, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, priests, philosophers and a thousand more: but they are not what they appear - they are merely masks... Usually, as I say, there is nothing but industrialists, businessmen and speculators concealed behind all these masks. Arthur Schopenhauer
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A writer should never be brief at the expense of being clear. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Life is a constant process of dying. Arthur Schopenhauer
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There is not much to be got anywhere in the world. It is filled with misery and pain; if a man escapes these, boredeom lies in wait for him at every corner. Nay more; it is evil which generally has the upper hand, and folly that makes the most noise. Fate is cruel and mankind pitiable. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Faith is like love, it cannot be forced. Therefore it is a dangerous operation if an attempt be made to introduce or bind it by state regulations; for, as the attempt to force love begets hatred, so also to compel religious belief produces rank unbelief. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Although as a rule the absurd culminates, and it seems impossible for the voice of the individual ever to penetrate through the chorus of foolers and fooled, still there is left to the genuine works of all times a quite peculiar, silent, slow, and powerful influence; and as if by a miracle, we see them rise at last out of the turmoil like a balloon that floats up out of the thick atmosphere of this globe into purer regions. Having once arrived there, it remains at rest, and no one can any longer draw it down again. Arthur Schopenhauer
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there are very few who can think, but every man wants to have an opinion; and what remains but to take it ready-made from others, instead of forming opinions for himself? Arthur Schopenhauer
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