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15 Life-changing Quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer to give you a new Perspective


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German philosopher and mathematician, Arthur Schopenhauer is one of the most influential thought leaders of the modern world. His book ‘The World as Will and Representation’ ushered into a new era of philosophy of being pessimistic and drew the picture of a world that might not be as rosy as people might claim. Schopenhauer’s quotes will aid your philosophical thought process and influence some of the intellectual giants among you. In this blog, we bring forth the collection of 15 best quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer that will enhance your philosophical understanding of life.

  1. “It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”

  1. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”

  1. “Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
  1. “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

  1. “We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.”

  1. “Marrying means, to grasp blindfolded into a sack hoping to find out an eel out of an assembly of snakes.”
  1. “Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.”

  1. “The Universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.”

  1. “Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.”
  1. “With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.”

  1. “Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.”
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  1. “Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face, especially the eyes.”

  1. “Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.”

  1. “The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.”
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  1. “Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts.”

As Arthur Schopenhauer used to say in his speech ‘the world is my representation’, his quotes represent the philosophy of the world in depth. He characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will. We hope these quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness, death, and money will motivate you ahead in life.

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