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Quotations by author » Arthur Schopenhauer
German Philosopher, 1788-1860
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Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
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Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment -- a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her to answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man's existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer.
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Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
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That arithmetic is the basest of all mental activities is proved by the fact that it is the only one that can be accomplished by a machine.
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That the outer man is a picture of the inner, and the face an expression and revelation of the whole character, is a presumption likely enough in itself, and therefore a safe one to go on; borne out as it is by the fact that people are always anxious to see anyone who has made himself famous. Photography offers the most complete satisfaction of our curiosity.
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The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
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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, German philosopher
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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.
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The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism.
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The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting
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The closing years of life are like a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped
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The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arise from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost
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The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
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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 opinion, by prejudice.
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The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
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The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
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The first rule, indeed by itself virtually a sufficient condition for good style, is to have something to say
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The fruits of Christianity were religious wars, butcheries, crusades, inquisitions, extermination of the natives of America and the introduction of African slaves in their place
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The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.
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The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
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