Arthur Schopenhauer

1788 - 1860

A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on reading and thinking for yourself

Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts. Many books, moreover, serve merely to show how many ways there are of being wrong, and how far astray you yourself would go if you followed their guidance. You should read only when your own thoughts dry up, which will of course happen frequently enough even to the best heads; but to banish your own thoughts so as to take up a book is a sin against the holy ghost; it is like deserting untrammeled nature to look at a herbarium or engravings of landscapes.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can surely do what he wills to do, but cannot determine what he wills

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on ability, honesty, hypocrisy, modesty, people, and talent

With people with only modest ability, modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on life and progress

The progress of life shows a man the stuff of which he is made.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on order and people

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on animals, art, people, and religion

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on nations

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Every nation ridicules other nations - and all are right.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on art and work

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Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on solitude

Great minds are like eagles, and build their nest in some lofty solitude.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on people, talent, and time

Ordinary people merely think how they shall spend their time; a man of talent tries to use it.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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