Aphorisms by author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
By theme : Art Behavior
Style is the physiognomy of the mind. It is more infallible than that of the body. To imitate the style of another is said to be wearing a mask. However beautiful it may be, it is through its lifelessness insipid and intolerable, so that even the most ugly living face is more engaging.
By theme : Psychology
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
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. Books are humanity in print.
By theme : Wisdom
Every nation ridicules other nations - and all are right.
By theme : Relations
It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
By theme : Truth Wisdom
Compassion is the basis of morality.
By theme : Morality
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
By theme : Happiness Philosophy
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
By theme : Finance Wealth
Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.
By theme : Behavior Men Psychology Relations Women
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
By theme : Philosophy Wisdom
A man can do what he wants. But he can`t want what he wants.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Wisdom
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
By theme : Philosophy
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
By theme : Cynicism Wisdom
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
By theme : Psychology Reason Truth
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
By theme : Behavior Person Psychology
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
By theme : Life Philosophy Thought Wisdom
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.
By theme : Behavior Lie Psychology Relations
We can not stop wishing our wishes.
By theme : Philosophy Psychology Wisdom