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Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
by Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

 

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

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

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Every nation ridicules other nations,
and all are right.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

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

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

Talent hits a target no one else can hit;
Genius hits a target no one else can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination:
both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation,
and one leads to the other.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

If we were not all so interested in ourselves,
life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

The word of man is the most durable of all material.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Music is the melody whose text is the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

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


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