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Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Anti - intellectualism has long been the anti - semitism of the business man.

  • The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.

  • 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.

  • Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.

  • We should comport ourselves with the masterpieces of art as with exalted personages - stand quietly before them and wait till they speak to us.

  • Every nation ridicules other nation, and all are right.

  • Do not shorted the  morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, and to a certain extent sacred.

  • Time is that in which all things pass away.

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

  • Compassion is the basis of all morality.

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

  • In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theater before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to being.

  • Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

  • Necessity is the constant scourge of the lower classes, ennui of the higher ones.

  • Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves.

  • Money is human happiness in the abstract.

  • The greatest intellectual capacities are only found in connection with a vehement and passionate will.

  • Politeness is a tacit agreement that people's miserable defects, whether moral or intellectual, shall on either side be ignored and not be made the subject of reproach.

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

  • To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.

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

  • Reason deserves to be called a prophet; for in showing up the consequence and effect of our actions in the present, does it not tell us what the future will be? 

  • Fame is something which must be won; honour is something which must not be lost.

  • The happiness of any given life is to be measured not by its joys and pleasures, but by the extent to which it has been free from suffering, from positive evil.

  • Pride is the direct appreciation of oneself.

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

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

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

  • It is in trifles, and when he is off his guard, that a man best shows his character.

  • 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.

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