Arthur Schopenhauer - Best Practical Quotes

Arthur Schopenhauer - Best Practical Quotes 

Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer argues that the ability to transcend the everyday point of view and regard objects of nature aesthetically is not available to most human beings. Rather, the ability to regard nature aesthetically is the hallmark of genius, and Schopenhauer describes the content of art through an examination of genius.

Schopenhauer on animal

Schopenhauer's view on marriage.

“Marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer on reunion.

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

Schopenhauer on pleasure.

“Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don't believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer on great men

Hope is confusion

“Hope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability. ”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer quote

Schopenhauer about alonement.

“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


Needs of body and Mind

A man’s body and the needs of his body are now everywhere treated with a tender indulgence. Is the thinking mind then, to be the only thing that is never to obtain the slightest measure of consideration or protection, to say nothing of respect?
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Descartes, Bible and  Aristotle

Descartes is rightly regarded as the father of modern philosophy primarily and generally because he helped the faculty of reason to stand on its own feet by teaching men to use their brains in the place whereof the Bible, on the one hand, and Aristotle, on the other, had previously served.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer quote on philosophy

Did animals come for the benefit and pleasure of man?

Europeans are awakening more and more to a sense that beasts have rights, in proportion as the strange notion is being gradually overcome and outgrown, that the animal kingdom came into existence solely for the benefit and pleasure of man. This view, with the corollary that non-human living creatures are to be regarded merely as things, is at the root of the rough and altogether reckless treatment of them, which obtains in the West.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Philosophy is not Faith.

Philosophy … is a science, and as such has no articles of faith; accordingly, in it, nothing can be assumed as existing except what is either positively given empirically, or demonstrated through indubitable conclusions.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion for animals 

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man    
― Arthur Schopenhauer

We are the slave of our perception

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer quote on koran

Schopenhauer quote on lonliness

Short life is a bonus.

“The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

We evolve but not psychologically the same.

Whoever heard me assert that the grey cat playing just now in the yard is the same one that did jumps and tricks there five hundred years ago will think whatever he likes of me, but it is a stranger form of madness to imagine that the present-day cat is fundamentally an entirely different one.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer on Spinoza

Spinoza says that if a stone which has been projected through the air, had consciousness, it would believe that it was moving of its own free will. I add this only, that the stone would be right. The impulse given it is for the stone what the motive is for me, and what in the case of the stone appears as cohesion, gravitation, rigidity, is in its inner nature the same as that which I recognize in myself as well, and what the stone also if knowledge were given to it, would recognize as will.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

No rose without a thorn

“No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer quote on hope

 Schopenhauer about enslaved labour.

At the age of five years to enter a spinning-cotton or other factory, and from that time forth to sit there daily, first ten, then twelve, and ultimately fourteen hours, performing the same mechanical labour, is to purchase dearly the satisfaction of drawing breath. But this is the fate of millions, and that of millions more is analogous to it.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Life is pain and boredom

“Life swings like a pendulum backwards and forward between pain and boredom.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Reality is relative.

This our world, which is so real, with all its suns and milky ways is—nothing
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Basis of Morality

“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer quote on rose

Schopenhauer quote on pleasure

People follow religions to satisfy their metaphysical needs.

Consider the Koran... this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book, we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Can we excuse bad people?

If a person is stupid, we excuse him by saying that he cannot help it; but if we attempted to excuse in precisely the same way the bad person, we should be laughed at.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Religions are not for the head.

All religions promise a reward for excellences of the will or heart, but none for excellences of the head or understanding.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer quote on talent

Schopenhauer quote about short life

Great men are alone.

“Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Difference between talent and genius.

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

About life

“Life is a constant process of dying.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Life is failed deal.

Life is a business that does not cover the costs.
― Arthur Schopenhauer

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