Quotes by German Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer


The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer

The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience. Arthur Schopenhauer

A man of genius can hardly be sociable, for what dialogues could indeed be so intelligent and entertaining as his own monologues? Arthur Schopenhauer

Genius is an intellect that has become unfaithful to its destiny. Arthur Schopenhauer

To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties. Arthur Schopenhauer

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer

There is not a grain of dust, not an atom that can become nothing, yet man believes that death is the annhilation of his being. Arthur Schopenhauer

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. Arthur Schopenhauer

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. Arthur Schopenhauer

Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience. Arthur Schopenhauer

A word too much always defeats its purpose. Arthur Schopenhauer

Our first ideas of life are generally taken from fiction rather than fact. Arthur Schopenhauer

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

The present is the only reality and the only certainty. Arthur Schopenhauer

It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character. Arthur Schopenhauer

Human existence must be a kind of error...it may be said of it, 'it is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens'. Arthur Schopenhauer

To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away. Arthur Schopenhauer

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. Arthur Schopenhauer
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