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 :: 1788-1860, German Philosopher

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Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Genius]

 

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Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Honor]

 

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How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Selfishness]

 

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In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Action]

 

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In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Marriage]

 

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In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Absurdity]

 

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It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Sacrifice]

 

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It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Detail]

 

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It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Faces]

 

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It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Character]

 

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It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Fate]

 

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Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Journalism and Journalists]

 

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Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged, so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts, is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Research]

 

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Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Money]

 

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National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Nations]

 

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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 - [Ability]

 

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Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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No one can transcend their own individuality.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Individuality]

 

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Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer - [Stubbornness]

 

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