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  • Shame on such a morality that is worthy of pariahs, and that fails to recognize the eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun!

  • Pride is an established conviction of one’s own paramount worth in some particular respect, while vanity is the desire of rousing such a conviction in others, and it is generally accompanied by the secret hope of ultimately coming to the same conviction oneself. Pride works from within; it is the direct appreciation of oneself. Vanity is the desire to arrive at this appreciation indirectly, from without.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2012). “Collected Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer”, p.444, Simon and Schuster
  • It is only the man whose intellect is clouded by his sexual impulse that could give the name of the fair sex to that undersized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped, and short-legged race.

    Men  
    Arthur Schopenhauer (2015). “Studies in Pessimism”, p.124, Arthur Schopenhauer
  • To desire immortality for the individual is really the same as wanting to perpetuate an error forever.

    1844 DieWelt alsWille undVorstellung (TheWorld asWill and Representation), vol.2, ch.41 (translated by E F J Payne).
  • Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. This is an error of the intellect as inevitable as that error of the eye which lets you fancy that on the horizon heaven and earth meet.

    Men  
    Arthur Schopenhauer (2015). “The Suffering of the World”, p.45, Simon and Schuster
  • 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.

    "Religion: A Dialogue" by Arthur Schopenhauer,
  • 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.

    Men  
    Arthur Schopenhauer, E. F. J. Payne (1974). “Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays”, p.492, Oxford University Press
  • Our first ideas of life are generally taken from fiction rather than fact.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2015). “Counsels and Maxims: Top of Schopenhauer”, p.84, 谷月社
  • Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2007). “Parerga and Paralipomena: A Collection of Philosophical Essays”, Cosimo, Inc.
  • The intellectual attainments of a man who thinks for himself resemble a fine painting, where the light and shade are correct, the tone sustained, the colour perfectly hamonized; it is true to life.

    Men  
    Arthur Schopenhauer (2007). “Parerga and Paralipomena: A Collection of Philosophical Essays”, Cosimo, Inc.
  • For our improvement we need a mirror.

    "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life". Book by Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851.
  • Hope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2016). “101 Facts of life”, p.32, Publishdrive
  • Empirical sciences prosecuted purely for their own sake, and without philosophic tendency are like a face without eyes.

  • To become indignant at [people's] conduct is as foolish as to be angry with a stone because it rolls into your path. And with many people the wisest thing you can do, is to resolve to make use of those whom you cannot alter.

  • Each day is a little life.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2012). “Collected Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer”, p.32, Simon and Schuster
  • Knowledge is to certain extent a second existence.

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

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2016). “101 Facts of life”, p.57, Publishdrive
  • The mother of useful arts is necessity; that of the fine arts is luxury. For father the former has intellect; the latter genius, which itself is a kind of luxury.

  • Style is the physiognomy of the mind. It is more infallible than that of the body. To imitate the style of another is said to be wearing a mask. However beautiful it may be, it is through its lifelessness insipid and intolerable, so that even the most ugly living face is more engaging.

  • The truth can wait, for it lives a long life.

    "Willen in der Natur". Book by Arthur Schopenhauer, chapter 'Einleitung', 1836.
  • Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2016). “101 Facts of life”, p.35, Publishdrive
  • Das Ganze der Erfahrung gleicht einer Geheimschrift und die Philosophie der Entzifferung derselben. The whole of experience is like a cryptograph, and philosophy is like the deciphering of it.

  • To conceal a want of real ideas, many make for themselves an imposing apparatus of long compound words, intricate flourishes and phrases, new and unheard-of expressions, all of which together furnish an extremely difficult jargon that sounds very learned. Yet with all this they say-precisely nothing.

    Arthur Schopenhauer, E. F. J. Payne (1974). “Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays”, p.159, Oxford University Press
  • It is only in the microscope that our life looks so big.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2015). “The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer - Studies in Pessimism (illustrated)”, p.22, Full Moon Publications
  • The greatest wisdom is to make the enjoyment of the present the supreme object of life; because that is the only reality, all else being merely the play of thought. On the other hand, such a course might just as well be called the greatest folly: for that which in the next moment exists no more, and vanishes utterly, like a dream, can never be worth a serious effort.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2012). “Collected Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer”, p.225, Simon and Schuster
  • Money alone is absolutely good, because it is not only a concrete satisfaction of one need in particular; it is an abstract satisfaction of all.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2016). “The Wisdom of Life”, p.33, Cosimo Classics
  • Exaggeration of every kind is as essential to journalism as it is to dramatic art, for the object of journalism is to make events go as far as possible.

    Arthur Schopenhauer (2015). “The Art of Literature: Top of Schopenhauer”, p.42, 谷月社
  • Restlessness is the hallmark of existence.

  • The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.

    Arthur Schopenhauer, E. F. J. Payne (1974). “Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays”, p.585, Oxford University Press
  • Nothing in life gives a man so much courage as the attainment or renewal of the conviction that other people regard him with favor; because it means that everyone joins to give him help and protection, which is an infinitely stronger bulwark against the ills of life than anything he can do himself.

    Men  
    Arthur Schopenhauer (2015). “the Wisdom of Life: Top of Schopenhauer”, p.42, 谷月社
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    Arthur Schopenhauer

    • Born: February 22, 1788
    • Died: September 21, 1860
    • Occupation: Philosopher