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Arthur Schopenhauer


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Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher best known for his book, The World as Will and Representation, in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, continually seeking satisfaction. Influenced by Eastern thought, he maintained that the "truth was recognized by the sages of India"; consequently, his solutions to ... more »

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  • ''Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 26, sct. 310 (1851), trans. by E.F.J. Payne.
  • ''All the cruelty and torment of which the world is full is in fact merely the necessary result of the totality of the forms under which the will to live is objectified.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 14, sct. 164 (1851).
  • 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 opi...
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 1, sct. 17 (1851).
  • ''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 (1788-1860), German philosopher. "The Art of Controversy," trans. by T. Bailey Saunders in Selected Essays as "On The Wisdom of Li...
  • 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 intel...
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. The Art of Literature (1891).
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