Arthur Schopenhauer

1788 - 1860

A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on limits, vision, and world

Every man takes the limits of his field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on brevity and time

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.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness, possessions, and world

What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has. . . . . What a man is in himself, what accompanies him when he is alone, what no one can give him or take away, is obviously more essential to him than everything he has in the way of possessions, or even what he may be in the eyes of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on mind and pleasure

The more a man finds his sources of pleasure in himself, the happier he will be. . . . The highest, most varied and lasting pleasures are those of the mind.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on contempt, control, feeling, hatred, and heart

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on ability, kindness, and mind

Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on birth and death

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

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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.

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on day, driving, emptiness, faults, force, good, manners, mercy, needs, pain, people, society, and time

On a cold winter's day, a group of porcupines huddled together to stay warm and keep from freezing. But soon they felt one another's quills and moved apart. When the need for warmth brought them closer together again, their quills again forced them apart. They were driven back and forth at the mercy of their discomforts until they found the distance from one another that provided both a maximum of warmth and a minimum of pain. In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us, we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth, but at the same time, we are spared the stab of one another's quills.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on change, eternity, and immortality

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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