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.
Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes Page 2
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Money is human happiness in the abstract he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.