51 Inspirational Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes For Success In Life

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, wherein he characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will. This Arthur Schopenhauer quotes about life, death, money will motivate you.

Best Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  3. “The majority of men… are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and… are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  4. “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  5. “A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  6. “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
  7. “Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  8. “We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  9. “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
  10. “No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  11. “When you look back on your life, it looks as though it were a plot, but when you are into it, it’s a mess: just one surprise after another. Then, later, you see it was perfect.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  12. “Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes
  13. “The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  14. “The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  15. “Life is a constant process of dying.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  16. “If we suspect that a man is lying, we should pretend to believe him; for then he becomes bold and assured, lies more vigorously, and is unmasked.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  17. “The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes
  18. “The real meaning of persona is a mask, such as actors were accustomed to wear on the ancient stage; and it is quite true that no one shows himself as he is, but wears his mask and plays his part. Indeed, the whole of our social arrangements may be likened to a perpetual comedy; and this is why a man who is worth anything finds society so insipid, while a blockhead is quite at home in it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  19. “The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  20. “There is something in us that is wiser than our head.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  21. “The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  22. “We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  23. “The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  24. “If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  25. “Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  26. “A man of genius can hardly be sociable, for what dialogues could indeed be so intelligent and entertaining as his own monologues?” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  27. “Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. The evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. 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
  28. “If anyone spends almost the whole day in reading…he gradually loses the capacity for thinking…This is the case with many learned persons; they have read themselves stupid” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  29. “Scoundrels are always sociable.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  30. “Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to change.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  31. “Vulgar people take huge delight in the faults and follies of great men.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  32. “A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  33. “Mostly it is a loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  34. “To use many words to communicate a few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  35. “Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  36. “Man is the only animal who causes pain to others with no other object than wanting to do so.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  37. “Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  38. “A man can surely do what he wills to do, but cannot determine what he wills.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  39. “Life without pain has no meaning.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  40. “We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  41. “To feel envy is human, to savor schadenfreude is devilish.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  42. “What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  43. “After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  44. “Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  45. “A sense of humor is the only divine quality of man” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  46. “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
  47. “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 Quotes
  48. “There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  49. “Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  50. “Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another, but women are by nature enemies.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  51. “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

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