78+ Best Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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 and insatiable metaphysical will. Profoundly inspirational Arthur Schopenhauer quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. — Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own. — Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value. — Arthur Schopenhauer

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first. — Arthur Schopenhauer

We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

It’s the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

A man’s delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. — Arthur Schopenhauer

I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. — Arthur Schopenhauer

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. — Arthur Schopenhauer

If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect. — Arthur Schopenhauer

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming. — Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Music is the melody whose text is the world. — Arthur Schopenhauer

To live alone is the fate of all great souls. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost. — Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over. — Arthur Schopenhauer

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the basis of morality. — Arthur Schopenhauer

We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. — Arthur Schopenhauer

To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away. — Arthur Schopenhauer

After your death you will be what you were before your birth. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost. — Arthur Schopenhauer

It is only a man’s own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else’s meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger. — Arthur Schopenhauer

They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune. — Arthur Schopenhauer

If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. — Arthur Schopenhauer

To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face, especially the eyes. — Arthur Schopenhauer

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life. — Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust. — Arthur Schopenhauer

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. — Arthur Schopenhauer

It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us. — Arthur Schopenhauer

It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character. — Arthur Schopenhauer

A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations. — Arthur Schopenhauer

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are. — Arthur Schopenhauer