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75 Popular Quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer

Top Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Arthur Schopenhauer was a well known German philosopher. He was best recognized for his book, The World as Will and Representation. Below are some famous quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer.

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

  1. “Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. “To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  3. “Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  4. “Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  5. “The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  6. “To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  7. “Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can’t expect an angel to look out.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  8. “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
  9. “To live alone is the fate of all great souls.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  10. “There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome –to be got over.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  11. “After your death you will be what you were before your birth.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  12. “We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  13. “The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  14. “Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  15. “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
  16. “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  17. “To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  18. “Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  19. “Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  20. “Time is that in which all things pass away.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  21. “Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  22. “It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  23. “The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  24. “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
  25. “Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  26. “The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  27. “A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  28. “Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  29. “Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  30. “The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  31. “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  32. “Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  33. “The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  34. “Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  35. “A word too much always defeats its purpose.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  36. “The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  37. “It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  38. “The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  39. “To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  40. “It’s the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  41. “In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  42. “The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  43. “If there is anything in the world that can really be called a man’s property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  44. “Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  45. “The present is the only reality and the only certainty.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  46. “The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  47. “Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  48. “A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  49. “It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  50. “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
  51. “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
  52. “Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  53. “The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  54. “With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  55. “The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  56. “Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face, especially the eyes.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  57. “Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  58. “People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  59. “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
  60. “In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  61. “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
  62. “No one can transcend their own individuality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  63. “A man’s delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  64. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  65. “It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  66. “As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value to you than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  67. “Our first ideas of life are generally taken from fiction rather than fact.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  68. “The word of man is the most durable of all material.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  69. “Style is what gives value and currency to thoughts.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  70. “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  71. “Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  72. “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
  73. “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
  74. “Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  75. “The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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