Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer on talent
242

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on intelligence
35

Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.

Arthur Schopenhauer on reading
27

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on genius
24

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on fools
19

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness
18
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Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on greatness
18

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.

Arthur Schopenhauer on sympathy
18

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.

Arthur Schopenhauer on reading
16

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer on willpower
14

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 on death
14

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on reform
14
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All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

About Arthur Schopenhauer

Name Arthur Schopenhauer
Quotes 131 quotations
Nationality German
Profession Philosopher
Birthday February 22, 1788
About Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher best known for his work The World as Will and Representation. Schopenhauer attempted to make his career as an academic by correcting and expanding Immanuel Kant's philosophy concerning the way in which we experience the world.
Top topics life, world, people, death, reading

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on marriage
14

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on genius
14

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on religion
13

To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.

Arthur Schopenhauer on reading
13

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.

Arthur Schopenhauer on control
10

The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind;

the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.

Arthur Schopenhauer on ignorance
10
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Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty.

But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

Arthur Schopenhauer on hypocrisy
9

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer on philosophy
9

A word too much always defeats its purpose.

Arthur Schopenhauer on words
8

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on greed
7

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 on depression
7

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on life
7

To live alone is the fate of all great souls.

Arthur Schopenhauer on loneliness
7

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on character
7

No one can transcend their own individuality.

Arthur Schopenhauer on individuality
7

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.

Arthur Schopenhauer on sacrifice
7

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

Arthur Schopenhauer on change
6

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on revenge
6

The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.

Arthur Schopenhauer on wisdom
6

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.

Arthur Schopenhauer on manners
5

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.

Arthur Schopenhauer on opinion
5

The present is the only reality and the only certainty.

Arthur Schopenhauer on certainty
4

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.

Arthur Schopenhauer on facts
4

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.

Arthur Schopenhauer on adversity
4

Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!

Arthur Schopenhauer on cards
4

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 on endure
4

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.

Arthur Schopenhauer on ideas
4

Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.

Arthur Schopenhauer on satisfaction
4

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

Arthur Schopenhauer on death
4

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

Arthur Schopenhauer on age
3

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.

Arthur Schopenhauer on conflict
3

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.

Arthur Schopenhauer on education
3

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.

Arthur Schopenhauer on friends
3

Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.

Arthur Schopenhauer on fame
3

It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.

Arthur Schopenhauer on face
3

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer on field
3

The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.

Arthur Schopenhauer on mystery
3

Time is that in which all things pass away.

Arthur Schopenhauer on time
3