Arthur Schopenhauer, His Life and Philosophy

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Longmans, Green, 1876 - 249 sivua
 

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Sivu 134 - Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind : How few think justly of the thinking few ! How many never think, who think they do ! Opinion, therefore — such our mental dearth — Depends on mere locality or birth.
Sivu 59 - As for what I have done as a poet," said the old man once, "I take no pride in it whatever. Excellent poets have lived at the same time with myself; more excellent poets have lived before me, and will come after me. But that in my century I am the only person who knows the truth in the difficult science of colours — of that, I say, I am not a little proud.
Sivu 208 - He who has recognized that existence is evil, that life is vanity, and self an illusion, has obtained true knowledge, which is the reflection of reality. He is in possession of the highest wisdom, which is not merely theoretical, but also practical perfection; it is the ultimate true cognition of all things in mass and in detail, which has so penetrated man's being that it appears as the guide of all his actions. It illumines his head, warms his heart, leads his hand. We take the sting out of life...
Sivu 61 - Goethes personal scholar and first publicly avowed proselyte in the theory of colours. In the year 1813 and 14 he instructed me personally, lent me the greater part of his own apparatus, and exhibited the more compound and difficult experiments himself to me. Accordingly You will find me mentioned in his „Tag und Jahreshefte" under the year 1816 and 1819.
Sivu 49 - If I faintly perceive an idea which looks like a dim picture before me, I am possessed with an ineffable longing to grasp it ; I leave everything else and follow my idea through all its tortuous windings, as the huntsman follows the stag...
Sivu 31 - Your ill-humour, your complaints of things inevitable, your sullen looks, the extraordinary opinions you utter, like oracles none may presume to contradict; all this depresses me, and troubles me, without helping you. Your eternal quibbles, your laments over the stupid world and human misery, give me bad nights and unpleasant dreams.
Sivu 59 - I have done as a poet," he would repeatedly say to me, "I take no pride in it whatever. Excellent poets have lived at the same time with myself, poets more excellent have lived before me, and others will come after me. But that in my century I am the only person who knows the truth in the difficult science of colours — of that, I say, I am not a little proud, and here I have a consciousness of a superiority to many.
Sivu 31 - It is needful to my happiness,' she wrote to him shortly before his arrival, ' to know that you are happy, but not to be a witness of it. I have always told you it is difficult to live with you ; and the better I get to know you the more I feel this difficulty increase, at least for me. I will not hide it from you : as long as you are what you are, I would rather make any sacrifice than consent to live with you.
Sivu 86 - Gräu'l chaotische Verwirrung, In ihres Tobens wilde Raserei, In ihres Treibens nie geheilte Thorheit, In ihrer Quaalen nie gestillten Schmerz, — Entsetzt: doch strahlet Ruh' und Zuversicht Und Siegesglanz sein Aug', verkündigend Schon der Erlösung ewige Gewißheit.
Sivu 63 - Germany, he is the discoverer of thermo-electricity, and of several physical truths. l questioned him on his opinion on the controversy between Goethe and Newton: he was extremely cautious, made me promise that I should not print and publish any thing of what he might say and at last being hard press'd by me, he confessed that indeed Goethe was perfectly right and Newton wrong; but that he had no business to teil the world so. — He died since, the old coward.

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