50 best Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Best Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

1- “A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts

2- “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

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

3- “The majority of men… are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and… are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The majority of men… are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and… are not accessible to reason, but only to authority

4- “It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else

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

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

6- “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.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

7- “This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid

8- “Consider the Koran… this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Consider the Koran… this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value

9- “We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter

10- “To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence

11- “No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose

12- “Life is a constant process of dying.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Life is a constant process of dying

13- “The safest way of not being very miserable is not to expect to be very happy.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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The safest way of not being very miserable is not to expect to be very happy

14- “What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity

15- “Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

16- “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority

17- “Man is the only animal who causes pain to others with no other object than wanting to do so.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Man is the only animal who causes pain to others with no other object than wanting to do so

18- “Our life is a loan received from death with sleep as the daily interest on this loan.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Our life is a loan received from death with sleep as the daily interest on this loan

19- “After your death you will be what you were before your birth.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

20- “The real meaning of persona is a mask, such as actors were accustomed to wear on the ancient stage; and it is quite true that no one shows himself as he is, but wears his mask and plays his part. Indeed, the whole of our social arrangements may be likened to a perpetual comedy; and this is why a man who is worth anything finds society so insipid, while a blockhead is quite at home in it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The real meaning of persona is a mask, such as actors were accustomed to wear on the ancient stage; and it is quite true that no one shows himself as he is, but wears his mask and plays his part. Indeed, the whole of our social arrangements may be likened to a perpetual comedy; and this is why a man who is worth anything finds society so insipid, while a blockhead is quite at home in it

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

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

22- “It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

23- “A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man

24- “The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

25- “Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees

26- “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things

27- “Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine

28- “Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else

29- “If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart

30- “We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor

31- “There is something in us that is wiser than our head.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

There is something in us that is wiser than our head

32- “Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. 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

Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. 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

33- “The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too

34- “The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

35- “Man is never happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Man is never happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so

36- “There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted

37- “Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance

38- “You are free to do what you want, but you are not free to want what you want.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

You are free to do what you want, but you are not free to want what you want

39- “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

40- “A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial

41- “Scoundrels are always sociable.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Scoundrels are always sociable

42- “Life without pain has no meaning.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Life without pain has no meaning

43- “Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal

44- “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.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

46- “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

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

47- “No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress

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

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

49- “If anyone spends almost the whole day in reading…he gradually loses the capacity for thinking…This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

If anyone spends almost the whole day in reading…he gradually loses the capacity for thinking…This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid

50- “Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right