A THREAD on timeless quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer:


Our civilized world is nothing but a great masquerade. You encounter knights, parsons, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, priests, philosophers and a thousand more: but they are not what they appear - they are merely...
masks... Usually, as I say, there is nothing but industrialists, businessmen and speculators concealed behind all these masks.

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.

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

Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

The man of genius requires imagination, in order to see in things not what nature has actually formed, but what she endeavoured to form, yet did not bring about, because of the conflict of her forms with one another.

Solitude will be welcomed or endured or avoided, according as a man's personal value is large or small.

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

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness.

A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.

Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time."

They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind.

The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time.

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

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.

We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors.

Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

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