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The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
The word of man is the most durable of all material.
The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
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.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
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.
Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.
A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.
Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.
Music is the melody whose text is the world.
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.