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Arthur Schopenhauer
1788 - 1860

German philosopher, critic of the idealistic philosophy of G.W. Freidrich Hegel, author of The World as Will and Idea (1819)

As soon as want and suffering permit rest to a man, ennui is at once so near that he necessarily requires diversion. The striving after existence is what occupies all things and maintains them in motion. But when existence is assured, then they know not what to do with it.

1819 - from his book The World as Will and Idea
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

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

from Studies in Pessimism
The majority of men... are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and... are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.

1819 - from his book The World as Will and Idea