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Quotes of the Day for 22 February 2004 – Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer was born at Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) on this day in 1788. I was all set to use popcorn as my theme to commemorate the fact that an Indian named Quadequine introduced the snack to English colonists on this day in 1630, but I also had a request from a reader to feature his favorite German philosopher. Well, that's the kind of guy I am: I'll choose Schopenhauer quotes and go make myself some popcorn while they are going out to you.

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The quotes:

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

Himself is the source of the best and most a man can be or achieve. The more this is so - the more a man finds his sources of pleasure in himself - the happier he will be.... For all other sources of happiness are in their nature most uncertain.

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.

Money is like sea-water: The more we drink the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.

Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.
     - All by Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788 - 1860

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