Features
Featured Essay
Featured Link

Full Collections
Essays (425)
Quotations (6095)
Links (715)
Books (232)

Other Pages
About Us
Authors
Awards
Bookseller Affiliations
Contact Us
Cookies
Editorial Board
Excellent Essays
Excellent Sites
Liberal Magic
Mush Quotations
Our New Look
Privacy Policy
Sign Up!
Submissions
Amazon.com online bookstore
  


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