Quotations From ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

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  • 1.
    The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1851).
  • 2.
    Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 22, sct. 261 (1851).
  • 3.
    Only a male intellect clouded by the sexual drive could call the stunted, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped and short-legged sex the fair sex.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 27, sct. 369 (1851).
  • 4.
    There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome—to be got over.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Counsels and Maxims," Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).

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  • 5.
    Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Originally published in Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2 (1851). "On Women," Essays and Aphorisms, Penguin (1970).

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  • 6.
    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 (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 19, sct. 233 (1851).

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  • 7.
    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 (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 26, sect. 311a (1851).

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  • 8.
    Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 21, sct. 255 (1851).
  • 9.
    Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 24, sct. 324 (1851), trans. by E.F.J. Payne.

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  • 10.
    Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 26, sct. 310 (1851), trans. by E.F.J. Payne.

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