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


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


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


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




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


  6. The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.


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


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


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

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


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


  12. 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.


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


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

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

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


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


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


  19. The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.


  20. With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.


  21. A word too much always defeats its purpose.


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


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


  24. No one can transcend their own individuality.


  25. To live alone is the fate of all great souls.


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


  27. 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'.


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


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


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



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    Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.


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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.


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


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What are the best reading quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer?


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

    • reading

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

    • reading

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

    • reading

    ... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them. (Paraphrase of Schopenhauer)

    • reading

    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.

    • reading

    Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

    • reading

    I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.


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What are the best death quotes by 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.

    • death

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

    • death

    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.


    They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.

    • death

    Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.


    Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.

    • death

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What are the best genius quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer?


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

    • talent

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

    • genius

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

    • genius

    A man of talent will strive for money and reputation; but the spring that moves genius to the production of its works is not as easy to name

    • genius

    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.

    • genius

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What are the best happiness quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer?


    The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

    • happiness

    Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.


    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.


    Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure

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    The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

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What are the best life quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer?


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

    • life

    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.


    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.

    • morning

    They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.

    • death

    It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else's meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.


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Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.


Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.


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


The present is the only reality and the only certainty.




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


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


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


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


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


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

  • death

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.

  • able

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.


Time is that in which all things pass away.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.


Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.


Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.

  • will

... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them. (Paraphrase of Schopenhauer)

  • reading

Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.


If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.


The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.


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.


The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.


Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face, especially the eyes.

  • face

Only a male intellect clouded by the sexual drive could call the stunted, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped and short-legged sex the fair sex.


Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.

  • women

A man of talent will strive for money and reputation; but the spring that moves genius to the production of its works is not as easy to name

  • genius

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.


They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.

  • death

People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.


Compassion is the basis of morality.


In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.


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.


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.

  • morning

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.

  • age

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.


The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.


Rascals are always sociable -- more's the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company.

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If there is anything in the world that can really be called a mans property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity.


Everyone takes the limits of their vision for the limits of the world.


Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.


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 than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.


Talent is able to achieve what is beyond other people's capacity to achieve, yet not what is beyond their capacity of apprehension; therefore it at once finds its appreciators. The achievement of genius, on the other hand, transcends not only others' capacity of achievement, but also their capacity of apprehension; therefore they do not become immediately aware of it. Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target, as far as which others cannot even see.

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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.


Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.


The ultimate foundation of honor is the conviction that moral character is unalterable: a single bad action implies that future actions of the same kind will, under similar circumstances, also be bad.

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It often happens that we blurt out things that may in some kind of way be harmful to us, but we are silent about things that may make us look ridiculous; because in this case effect follows very quickly on cause.


Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection.


Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.


Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.

  • honor

It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else's meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.

  • clothes

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.


We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.


Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.


Style is what gives value and currency to thoughts.


The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

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NOT to my contemporaries, not to my compatriots but to mankind I commit my now completed work in the confidence that it will not be without value for them, even if this should be late recognised, as is commonly the lot of what is good. For it cannot have been for the passing generation, engrossed with the delusion of the moment, that my mind, almost against my will, has uninterruptedly stuck to its work through the course of a long life. preface to the second edition of the world as will and representation

  • philosophy

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.


Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.


The longer a man's fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.

  • fame

In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.

  • marriage

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.


How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.

  • philosophy

If at times I have thought myself unfortunate, it is because of a confusion, an error. I have mistaken myself for someone else... Who am I really? I am the author of The World as Will and Representation, I am the one who has given an answer to the mystery of Being that will occupy the thinkers of future centuries. That is what I am, and who can dispute it in the years of life that still remain for me?


Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

  • reading

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.


Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.

  • certain

We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.


Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.

  • death

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

  • truth

The word of man is the most durable of all material.


Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure

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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.


Music is the melody whose text is the world.


Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.

  • called

It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.


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.

  • abstract

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.

  • truth

Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged, so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts, is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.


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.

  • nation

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.


For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.


Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.


Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment -- a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her to answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man's existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer.


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.

  • reading

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.

  • intelligence

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.

  • face

If people insist that honor is dearer than life itself, what they really mean is that existence and well-being are as nothing compared with other people's opinions. Of course, this may be only an exaggerated way of stating the prosaic truth that reputation, that is, the opinion others have of us, is indispensable if we are to make any progress in the world.

  • honor

It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.

  • manners

That the outer man is a picture of the inner, and the face an expression and revelation of the whole character, is a presumption likely enough in itself, and therefore a safe one to go on; borne out as it is by the fact that people are always anxious to see anyone who has made himself famous. Photography offers the most complete satisfaction of our curiosity.


We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

  • individuality

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.

  • genius

I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.

  • hour

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.


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