German philosopher (1788–1860)
Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will. Building on the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that rejected the contemporaneous ideas of German idealism. He was among the first thinkers in Western philosophy to share and affirm significant tenets of Indian philosophy, such as asceticism, denial of the self, and the notion of the world-as-appearance. His work has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism.
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Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.
Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another but women are by nature enemies.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!
We forfeit three fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
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