Monday, July 02, 2007

Schopenhauer lives on

Six Questions for Arthur Schopenhauer by Scott Horton

"In the totality of human history across all cultures and ages, the wise have always said generally the same thing, and the idiots, namely, the immeasurable majority, have always also done the same, namely just the opposite; and nothing we do will ever change this. And this is why Voltaire writes: nous laisserons ce monde-ci aussi sot et aussi mĂ©chant que nous l’avons trouvĂ© en y arrivant (We will leave this world as stupid and as malicious as we found it when we arrived)." Arthur Schopenhauer, Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit (1850)

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