Arthur Schopenhauer

(1788-1860 / Gdańsk)

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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.
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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 Life: Aphorisms" (1951).
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  • ''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 Essays of Schopenhauer, Crown (n.d.).
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  • ''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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  • ''The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).
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  • ''Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," vol. 1, ch. 4, Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).
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  • ''Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," footnote, Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).
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  • ''National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.''
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).
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  • ''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 (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," vol. 1, ch. 5, sct. 9, Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).
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