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Arthur Schopenhauer

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Biography : German philosopher.
Born: 1788 - Died: 1860
Period:
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Place of birth: Germany
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Fate shuffles the cards and we play.
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Change alone is the constant.
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Poetry is related to philosophy as experience is related to empirical science.
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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.
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Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
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The philosopher should never forget that he is cultivating an art and not a science.
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The philosopher should never forget that he is cultivating an art and not a science.

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For our improvement we need a mirror.
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Ethics is in truth the easiest of all sciences.
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After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
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In fact, every child is to a certain extent a genius, and every genius to a certain extent a child.
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What goes against the heart, the head does not let in.
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Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.
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We seldom think of what we have, but always of what we lack.
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Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
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The present alone is true and real: it is time as it is really fulfilled and our existence lies exclusively in it.
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Art repeats the eternal Ideas apprehended through pure contemplation, the essential and abiding element in all the phenomena of the world.
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All original thinking takes place in images, and this is why imagination is so necessary an instrument of thought, and minds that lack imagination will never accomplish much.
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What history relates is only the long, heavy, confused dream of humanity.
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They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
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Music is the melody whose text is the world.
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Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
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It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.
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Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
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Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
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To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
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The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
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Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
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Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
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Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
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Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
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