Arthur Schopenhauer

The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Studies in Pessimism

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    Instead of developing the child's own faculties of discernment, and teaching it to judge and think for itself, the teacher uses all his energies to stuff its head full of the ready-made thoughts of other people.
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    So it is that education perverts the mind.
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    Men need some kind of external activity, because they are inactive within. Contrarily, if they are active within, they do not care to be dragged out of themselves; it disturbs and impedes their thoughts in a way that is often most ruinous to them.
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    Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.
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    With people of only moderate ability, modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent, it is hypocrisy.
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    nothing in human affairs is worth any great anxiety
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    Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
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    Any incident, however trivial, that rouses disagreeable emotion, leaves an after-effect in our mind, which for the time it lasts, prevents our taking a clear objective view of the things about us, and tinges all our thoughts: just as a small object held close to the eye limits and distorts our field of vision.
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    As far as you are an individual, death will be the end of you. But your individuality is not your true and inmost being: it is only the outward manifestation of it.
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    Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment—a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her to an answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man's existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer.
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