Arthur Schopenhauer Sayings and Quotes

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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.      

Arthur Schopenhauer

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.      

Arthur Schopenhauer

If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner... if I let it slip from my tongue, I am its prisoner.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the basis of all morality     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

No one can transcend their own individuality.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received withdistrust.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

Style is what gives value and currency to thoughts.     

Arthur Schopenhauer