We do not exist for ourselves. (Thomas Merton)
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Arthur Schopenhauer


(1788 – 1860) A German philosopher best known for his book "The World as Will and Representation", in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, continually seeking satisfaction. He has influenced many thinkers, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mustafa Mahmud, among others.

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
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.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
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