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The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims
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on June 28, 2013
This is Schopenhauer at his most accessible.You could almost view this as a self help book of a rather high quality. Schopenhauer is quite practical and down to earth.Your not going to be happy if you don't have good health and you won't have good health if you pursue bad habits.You need leisure to pursue what interests you and you need a certain amount of money to have that leisure.However , you need only so much.Unceasing pursuit of money is a recipe for misery.The happiness you receive from yourself is greater than anything you can get from those around you.Don't pay undue regard to the opinions of others.The world you live in is shaped by the way you look at it.The most lasting pleasures are those of the mind.Make the most of what you have.Don't expect to be appreciated. Understand that most men mistake the bad for the good and praise the trivial because the good is strange to them.With that in mind you will be about as happy as possible but don't expect too much.
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on June 12, 2013
Schopenhauer is the greatest philosopher ever lived. Pessimism is one of his main themes. He said that the world is a big mistake, somthing that ought not to be. But since we are here to suffer due to our own sins, we must try to make the best out of it. The world is a jungle in which everybody tries to devour the other, even the perpetrator and the victor say they must do it otherwise he will be victimized. Schopenhauer in this book gives advice to avoid the evil of other human beings, since they are the main sourse of suffering in the world.
Schopenhauer give us a simple recipes to avoid the thorns and stings of others as best we can, even though we can't avoid fate and our karma completely.
The problem of the world is lack of morality or the unethical conduct of humans toword others.
I highly recommend this book also the book of The Will's Harmonic Motion: The Completion of Schopenhauer's Philosophyotion" for the completion of Schopenhauer Philosophy, second edition.
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on March 29, 2015
There is a reason, why this book has stood the test of time, and why it is worth re reading.
In an age of superficial treatment, ie get rich quick schemes, self help, etc. people forget
That intellectual Giants such as shoppe hauler, has more insight presented in one page of his
Book, than a thousand elsewhere. A must read for those seeking the path to wisdom.
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on November 20, 2015
Schopenhauer - read him. His view is not the view of the supposed enlightened, but his view is accurate.
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on March 2, 2018
Grumpy 19th century Germans are the grumpiest.
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on August 21, 2017
I really enjoyed reading this book and took a great deal from it. However, it is not an easy read, at least for me. I quickly realized I had to read on slow regular intervals in order to take in all of the material. That said, the book is pretty dense.
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on November 23, 2016
It commented on various topics. It was quite thought provoking about personal matters and relationships with individuals and society. It was time well spent. Easy to understand and grasp.
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on January 28, 2018
Words to live by.
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on July 14, 2016
Great life advice.
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on October 16, 2015
His wisdom does indeed make a lot of good sense, and I enjoyed reading it.
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