German philosopher and mathematician, Arthur Schopenhauer rose to prominence in the 19th century and is regarded as one of the most in-fluential philosophers of the modern world. He was born in a rich and aristocratic family and received a first class education before embarking on a career in philosophy and before long he became one of the most influential voices in Europe. In 1818, Schopenhauer published his most famous philosophical book titled ‘The World as Will and Representation’ and according to many, it ushered in a new era in philosophy following the era of Kant. His school of philosophy can best be described as being pessimistic and drew the picture of a world that might not be as rosy as people might claim. Later experts have termed it as philosophical pessimism. Schopenhauer’s theories on philosophy did not only open up a new chapter in the subject but also influenced some of the intellectual giants like Leo Tolstoy, Gustav Mahler, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jorge Luis Borges, Carl Jung and many others. Schopenhauer by all accounts was one of the biggest intellectuals to have ever lived and as such it is not a surprise that he has given a great amount of brilliant quotes. Here are a few.
No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.
Marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties
I have not yet spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself from above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man.
The life of every individual, viewed as a whole and in general, and when only its most significant features are emphasized, is really a tragedy; but gone through in detail it has the character of a comedy.
There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.