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Quotations by Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.

A man’s delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.

A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.

A person should never try to purchase pleasure at the cost of pain, or even at the risk of incurring it.

A word too much always defeats its purpose.

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

All the cruelty and torment of which the world is full is in fact merely the necessary result of the totality of the forms under which the will to live is objectified.

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 to you than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.