Arthur Schopenhauer

(1788-1860 / Gdańsk)

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 suffering were similar to those of Vedantic and Buddhist thinkers; his faith in "transcendental ideality" led him to accept atheism and learn from Christian philosophy.

At age 25, he published his doctoral dissertation, On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient ... 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).
  • ''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...
  • ''Honor ... means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Originally published in Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2 (1851). "The Wisdom of Life," Complete E...
  • ''Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).
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