Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860), he was a philosopher and professor at the University of Berlin who abandoned teaching to live his retirement in Frankfurt is one of the central figures of modern philosophy and its influence reaches to this day. He is considered the founder of Nihilism, a philosophical current according to which human existence has no reason to exist: Everything is for nothing. The path of man in life is, for this philosopher, what follows: Necessity, miseries, complaints, pain and death. "Some historians of philosophy consider Schopenhauer a pessimist. Others are closer to the truth when they say that the philosopher German had a painful and desperate idea of the universe: For him, the world was a dark and black well, full of pain and misery, where the most that man can do is try to mitigate or placate the pain. His most important work is The world as will and as representation of 1818. The central thesis of his thought, suggests that the will, desires of man, do not serve much: A cosmic force drags us to nothing.
Famous quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer
It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it elsewhere.
Almost all our sorrows arise from our relationships with other people.
The intellect is invisible to the man who has none.
Man is the only animal that causes pain to others without another object than wanting to do so.
The safest way to not be very miserable is not to expect to be very happy.
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
With regard to friendship, love and marriage, man behaves with absolute loyalty ... but only with himself and, if anything, with his son.
Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a different world from the one that exists for everyone else.
The narrowness of spirit, the need and the madness of most men would be completely inexplicable without intelligence.
Loneliness is the heritage of all extraordinary souls.
Once the Myson was surprised by the misanthrope laughing alone. "Why are you laughing," he was asked, "if there is no one with you?" "Precisely because of that," he replied.
Life is a war without truce and we die with weapons in hand.
We rarely think about what we have, but always what we lack. For that, more than grateful, we are bitter.
One must use common words to say unusual things.
The restlessness is the seal of existence.
Life is short and the truth works far and lives a long time: let's tell the truth.
There is one aspect in which the beasts show true wisdom ... their calm and peaceful enjoyment of the present moment.
Modesty, in the man of talent, is an honest thing; in the great geniuses it is nothing more than hypocrisy.
When treating most people, it will not hurt to mix a little disdain: that will make them appreciate your friendship more.
A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.
Love is not a ploy that nature uses to achieve its objectives, the continuity of life and the spread of the species.
What people commonly call destiny is mainly their own stupidity.
Wealth is like salt water: The more you drink the more you give; The same goes for glory.
Faith is like love: It cannot be imposed by force.
Courtesy is a tacit agreement whereby the defects of the people, whether moral or intellectual, overlooked and will not cause any reproach.
Although the world contains many decidedly bad things, the worst of them all is society.
Regions, like fireflies, need darkness to shine.
The scoundrels are always sociable.
Man is never happy, but he spends his whole life running after something he thinks will make him happy. He rarely achieves his goal, and when he succeeds, he only manages to be disappointed.
All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, he faces firm opposition. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
Overcoming difficulties is experiencing the full delight of existence.
Each nation mocks the others, and all are right.
No one can transcend their own individuality.
Using many words to communicate some thoughts is, everywhere, the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. Gathering a lot of thought in a few words is a sign of genius.
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it can be stated with confidence that whoever is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Above all, it is the loss that teaches us the value of things.
Music is like a metaphysics made sensitive.
If we could give a certain complete and finished explanation of music, that is, if we could enclose it in a particular concept, this would be an explanation of the world, therefore, the true philosophy.
Nature covers all works with a beauty varnish.
The sense of humor is the only divine quality of man.
The mother of practical arts is necessity; that of the Fine Arts is luxury. The father of the former is intelligence, and the latter is the genius, what is a deposit and a kind of luxury.
The greatest madness is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
The naked truth is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression, the deeper the impression it causes.
Just remember, once you're on the hill, you start to gain speed.
Therefore, the task is not so much to see what nobody has seen, but to think what nobody has thought about what everyone sees.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
A man can be him alone while alone; and if he does not love loneliness, he will not love freedom; because only when he is alone is he really free.
We give up three quarters of ourselves to be like other people.
If we suspect that a man is lying, we should pretend to believe him; because then it becomes bold and secure, lies more vigorously and unmasks.
Vulgar people delight greatly in the faults and follies of great men.
The wise have always said the same thing, and the fools, who are the majority, have always done the opposite.
If the world as a representation is only the image of the will, art then consists in finding that image, the dark chamber that shows the purest objects and allows them to be captured and gathered in the best possible way: Art is the theater in theater, the Hamlet scene in Hamlet.
Talent hits an objective that no one else can hit; The genius hits a target that no one else can see.
Architecture is a frozen music.
Men are the demons of the earth, and animals are their tormented souls.
The brevity of life, so often lamented, may be the best of it.
The doctor sees all the weakness of humanity; The lawyer all the evil, the theologian all the stupidity.
There is something in us that is wiser than our head.
Every miserable fool who has nothing to be proud of, adopts as a last resort the pride of the nation to which he belongs; He is ready and happy to defend all his faults and madnesses with nails and teeth, thus paying for his inferiority.
Change is only eternal, perpetual, immortal.
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of the education of beings, because it teaches people how to think.
A man can surely do what he wants to do, but he cannot determine what he wants.
Human life, like all inferior goods, is covered on the outside with a false glow; What suffers is always hidden.
A high degree of intellect tends to make a man not social.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest in high solitude.
Most men ... are not able to think, only to believe, and are not accessible to reason, but to authority.
There is only one innate error. And that is the notion that we exist to be happy.
Marriage is a trap that nature tends us.
The first forty years of life give us the text; The next thirty provide the comment on this.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.