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Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes – 30 Inspirational Sayings From the German Philosopher

Looking for inspirational Arthur Schopenhauer quotes? Then you've come to the right place! Arthur Schopenhauer was one of the most important representatives of subjective idealism, metaphysical voluntarism and the ethics of compassion. His wisdom can therefore also be very well connected with the topics of environmental protection, animal welfare and sustainability.

In this collection of sayings, I would like to list the most important quotes from the German philosopher.

My please: Keep in mind that many of Schopenhauer's quotes have been translated. I cannot guarantee that it is the original quote in each case. Therefore, double check them and feel free to leave a corrective comment. If you like and share any of the quotes in the internet, please link this elaborately created collection. Thank you for your support!

30 Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes And Wisdoms

Arthur Schopenhauer developed a comprehensive doctrine based on the work of Immanuel Kant. Due to his fundamental pessimistic worldview he is often referred to as a misanthrope. His quotes, which I will now present to you, are therefore refreshingly direct and ornate. Have fun!

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes 1 - 10

  1. "Health is not everything, but without health, everything is nothing."
  2. "Forgive and forget means to throw out the window is made of precious experiences."
  3. "Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
  4. "Revoke a wrong view requires more character than to defend it."
  5. "Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things."
  6. "We seldom think of what we have, but always of what we lack."
  7. "Your friends call themselves sincere. The enemies are."
  8. "To feel envy is human, to savour malicious joy is devilish."
  9. "Ordinary people merely think how they shall «spend» their time; a man of talent tries to «use» it."
  10. "The world is not an inferior product, and animals are not a fabrication for our use."

Tip: About Cruelty to animals and Factory farming I have written a detailed, separate article about each of these. Take a look to get a clear picture of how brutally we humans treat (certain) animals.

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes 11 - 20

  1. "Any foolish boy can stamp on a beetle, but all the professors in the world cannot make a beetle."
  2. "Man is basically a wild, horrible animal. We just know it in the state of harnessing and taming."
  3. "You may take it as a general rule that you will not lose a friend by refusing him a loan, but that you are very likely to do so by granting it."
  4. "Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance."
  5. "Fate shuffles the cards and we play."
  6. "Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are the tormented souls."
  7. "No one can get out of their individuality."
  8. "For what a man is in himself, what accompanies him when he is alone, what no one can give or take away, is obviously more essential to him than everything he has in the way of possessions, or even what he may be in the eyes of the world."
  9. "In Germany, the highest form of recognition is envy.“
  10. "With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy."

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes 21 - 30

Health is not everything quote Arthur Schopenhauer
  1. "Natural mind can replace almost any degree of education, but no education can replace natural mind."
  2. "A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free."
  3. "Faith and knowledge are related as the two scales of a balance; when the one goes up, the other goes down."
  4. "You can never say about a walker, that he is making detours."
  5. "In the absence of huge suffering, the smallest inconveniences torture us."
  6. "Nine-tenths of our happiness depends on our health alone."
  7. "Since there is more pain than pleasure on earth, every satisfaction is only transitory, creating new desires and new distresses, and the agony of the devoured animal is always far greater than the pleasure of the devourer."
  8. "Boundless compassion for all living beings is the surest and most certain guarantee of pure moral conduct, and needs no casuistry. Whoever is filled with it will assuredly injure no one, do harm to no one, encroach on no man's rights; he will rather have regard for every one, forgive every one, help every one as far as he can, and all his actions will bear the stamp of justice and loving-kindness."
  9. "Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control."
  10. "We are not just responsible for what we do, but also for what we accept without any contradiction."

Can you think of any other words of wisdom by Arthur Schopenhauer that you haven't found listed here yet? Just write your suggestions in the comments.

Who was Arthur Schopenhauer?

Arthur Schopenhauer war ein deutscher Philosoph und Hochschullehrer, der von 1788 bis 1860 gelebt hat. Er betrachtete sich selbst als Schüler und Vollender Immanuel Kants und vertrat die Überzeugung, dass der Welt kein rationales Prinzip zugrunde liege.

Which of Schopenhauer's works is particularly famous?

Arthur Schopenhauer's best-known work is undoubtedly "The World as Will and Representation". The German philosopher spent his entire life working on his two-volume magnum opus - it is, without question, one of the great classics of philosophy.

Wann ist ein Mensch – laut Schopenhauer – frei?

Arthur Schopenhauer believed that a person is free when he is unhindered in his own will and actions. He divided the concept of freedom into intellectual, physical and moral freedom.

Get inspired by these Arthur Schopenhauer quotes

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer may be accused of having misanthropic traits. But the expressed Criticism of our society is, in my opinion, particularly in view of today's social and ecological problems of our time, absolutely justified.

I hope I have been able to inspire you with his wisdom. In conclusion, I would like to give you further articles that fit in with Schopenhauer's values and can drive your personal development:

Perhaps there are some questions burning on your mind right now. But maybe you can think of some more quotes from Schopenhauer. Either way, I look forward to your comment!

Stay inspired,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

1 thought on “Arthur Schopenhauer Zitate – 30 inspirierende Sprüche des deutschen Philosophen”

  1. Nice page Christoph. Thanks for that. Schopenhauer was a genius. His thoughts touch me deeply in my heart.
    Greetings Hansi

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