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Arthur Schopenhauer
February 22, 1788 - September 21, 1860
Nationality: German
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: German Philosopher

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.


A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.


Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.


Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.


The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.


Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.


It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.


Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.


To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.


Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.


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.


Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.


In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.


The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.


It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.


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.


Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.


Compassion is the basis of morality.


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


Music is the melody whose text is the world.


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