Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

Compassion is the basis of all morality

Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the basis of morality.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Every woman while she would be ready to die of shame if surprised in the act of generation, nonetheless carries her pregnancy without a trace of shame and indeed with a kind of pride. The reason is that pregnancy is in a certain sense a cancellation of the guilt incurred by coitus; thus coitus bears all the shame and disgrace of the affair, while pregnancy, which is so intimately associated with it, stays pure and innocent and is indeed to some extent sacred.

Arthur Schopenhauer

A word too much always defeats its purpose

Arthur Schopenhauer

Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience

Arthur Schopenhauer

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow

Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can do what he wants. But he canít want what he wants.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.

Arthur Schopenhauer

They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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