Arthur Schopenhauer

22 Feb 1788 // 21 Sep 1860


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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
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite
The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him
The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."