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  • I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)

  • The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.
    (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)

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

  • Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)


  • How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)

  • Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
    (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)

  • Any book, which is at all important, should be reread immediately
    (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)

  • If a man sets out to hate all the miserable creatures he meets, he will not have much energy left for anything else whereas he can despise them, one and all, with the greatest ease
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)

  • Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)

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

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

  • Life is a language in which certain truths are conveyed to us if we could learn them in some other way, we should not live.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)


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