Arthur Schopenhauer Biography


Type: Philosopher

Born: 22 February 1788

Died: 21 September 1860

Though his work failed to garner substantial attention during his life, Schopenhauer has had a posthumous impact across various disciplines, including philosophy, literature, and science. Those who have cited his influence include Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Leo Tolstoy, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Joseph Campbell, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Thomas Mann, Jorge Luis Borges, and Samuel Beckett, among others.

Selected bibliography:

  • On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient, 1813
  • On Vision and Colors 1830.
  • The World as Will and Representation 1844
  • The Art of Being Right 1831
  • On the Will in Nature 1836
  • On the Freedom of the Will, 1839
  • On the Basis of Morality 1840

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

One should use common words to say uncommon things

Truth that is naked is the most beautiful.

The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.

All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.

No one writes anything worth writing, unless he writes entirely for the sake of his subject.

There are, first of all, two kinds of authors: those who write for the subject's sake, and those who write for writing's sake. [...] The truth is that when an author begins to write for the sake of covering paper, he is cheating the reader; because he writes under the pretext that he has something to say.

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