Posts Tagged ‘Arthur Schopenhauer’

Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 22, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer, from Essays and Aphorisms

“Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence. So that all newspaper writers are, for the sake of their trade, alarmists: this is their way of making themselves interesting. What they really do, however, is resemble little dogs who, as soon as anything whatever moves, start up a loud barking. It is necessary, therefore, not to pay too much attention to their alarms, and to realize in general that the newspaper is a magnifying glass, and this only at best: for very often it is no more than a shadow-play on the wall.”

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Quote of the day, May 30

May 31, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer, on writing

“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 16

December 16, 2015

Arthur Schopenhauer, on philosophy (1819)

“It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. He must be like Sophocles’ Oedipus, who, seeking enlightenment concerning his terrible fate, pursues his indefatigable inquiry, even though he divines that appalling horror awaits him in the answer. But most of us carry with us the Jocasta in our hearts, who begs Oedipus, for God’s sake, not to inquire further.”