February 22, 1788 - September 21, 1860


102 Greatest Quotes By Arthur Schopenhauer

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else. Arthur Schopenhauer
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer
After your death you will be what you were before your birth. Arthur Schopenhauer
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first. Arthur Schopenhauer
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. Arthur Schopenhauer
Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. Arthur Schopenhauer
Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies. Arthur Schopenhauer
The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them. Arthur Schopenhauer
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods. Arthur Schopenhauer
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite. 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
Life is a business that does not cover the costs. Arthur Schopenhauer
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. Arthur Schopenhauer
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed. Arthur Schopenhauer
There is only one inborn error. and that is the notion that we exist in order to be happy. Arthur Schopenhauer
Music is the melody whose text is the world. Arthur Schopenhauer
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom. Arthur Schopenhauer
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer
A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man. Arthur Schopenhauer
Intellect is invisible to the man who has none. Arthur Schopenhauer
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Arthur Schopenhauer
Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. 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
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
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. Arthur Schopenhauer
Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure. Arthur Schopenhauer
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience. Arthur Schopenhauer
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. Arthur Schopenhauer
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability. Arthur Schopenhauer
One should use common words to say uncommon things. Arthur Schopenhauer
Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own. Arthur Schopenhauer
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. Arthur Schopenhauer
You are free to do what you want, but you are not free to want what you want. Arthur Schopenhauer
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. Arthur Schopenhauer
The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value. Arthur Schopenhauer
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. Arthur Schopenhauer
Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life. Arthur Schopenhauer
A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short. Arthur Schopenhauer
We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. 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
What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity. Arthur Schopenhauer
The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too. Arthur Schopenhauer
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. 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
That which knows all things and is known by none is the subject. Arthur Schopenhauer
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. Arthur Schopenhauer
Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are its tormented souls. Arthur Schopenhauer
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage. Arthur Schopenhauer
A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial. Arthur Schopenhauer
Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. Arthur Schopenhauer
If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart. Arthur Schopenhauer