Arthur Schopenhauer quotes

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is best known for his 1818 work entitled The World as Will and Representation. His work has been described as ‘philosophical pessimism’ and has inspired many leading philosophical figures such as Nietzsche, Freud, and Jung. Much of Schopenhauer’s work stemmed from tents of Indian philosophy and was one of the first Western minds to branch into Eastern thought.

As many philosophers are, Schopenhauer is widely quoted and alluded to in the present day, and his pithy yet profound words give people an insight into morality, transcendentalism, and ethics. However used, quotes of Schopenhauer contribute to a greater understanding of a particular topic and share enlightened thoughts on a subject.

  • Scholars are those who have read in books; but thinkers, men of genius, world-enlighteners, and reformers of the human race are those who have read directly in the book of the world.

  • To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.

  • A poet or philosopher should have no fault to find with his age if it only permits him to do his work undisturbed in his own corner; nor with his fate if the corner granted him allows of his following his vocation without having to think about other people.

  • Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude

  • Compassion is the basis of morality.

  • If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.

  • Sometimes we credit ourselves with a longing to be in some distant spot, whereas, in truth, we are only longing to have the time back again which we spent there---days when we were younger and fresher than we are now.

  • If we suspect that a man is lying, we should pretend to believe him; for then he becomes bold and assured, lies more vigorously, and is unmasked.

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

  • Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure

  • There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over.

  • The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the later it will be in coming.

  • Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.

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

  • The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.

  • Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.

  • Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.