Arthur Schopenhauer

22 Feb 1788 // 21 Sep 1860


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To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts
Ordinary people merely think how they shall «spend» their time; a man of talent tries to «use» it
It is a great piece of folly to sacrifice the inner for the outer man
To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence
The happiness which we receive from ourselves is greater than that which we obtain from our surroundings …. The world in which a man lives shapes itself chiefly by the way in which he looks at it
Religion is the metaphysics of the masses
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see
Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."