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Труды выдающегося немецкого философа Артура Шопенгауэра долгое время оставались практически незаметными для широкой публики; только в последние два десятилетия своей жизни он получил долгожданную известность. Но до самой смерти Шопенгауэр оставался непонятым; подлинная суть той революции, которую он произвел в европейской философии, стала проясняться только в XX веке. В ...more
Published 2005 by Эксмо (first published 1851)
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Glenn Russell



I've included the above photo of a wise man from Asia for a very specific reason: to underscore the fact that the wisdom of life transcends culture. Certainly, as per the book cover, one can clearly see Arthur Schopenhauer is from the world of early 19th century European civilization. But what the German philosopher has to say on the topic of wisdom is as relevant today for women and men living anywhere on the globe as it was when he wrote his book back in the 1850s in Frankfurt, Germany.

I have
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Del
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read from Schopenhauer and I have to say, honestly each paragraph embraces wisdom in every sense of the word. There is not a single word or line that is not a quotable. I have not read his pessimistic views, but I can tell you this book does not instill pessimism the least bit, but peace, understanding, and self-reliance, and inner richness. I did not reach the last chapter on Fame, as it did not interest me but the rest of the book was well worth the read. If ...more
Arjun Ravichandran
For those who are familiar with Schopenhauer's view on existence and humanity (spoiler alert : he is not a big fan) this pithy essay won't be much of a surprise.
His advice boils down to : If you are gifted with intellect or artistic ability, devote yourself to it, and seek not fame ; because art is long, life is short, commerce is idiotic, and most men are fools anyway. It is a fairly self-serving philosophy, but which has much good sense ; also, because the old crank writes so well, there are
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Damian
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this book changed my life and the way I

see it. It helped me understand myself better, made me

aware of my own potential and gave me self confidence. It

is a book that will most likely make you think twice about

the things you thought matter most in life. If it was in

my power to do so I would certainly compel everyone into

reading it.
Vivien
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It helps me to find my inner richness and the sources of the true happiness.
Lino
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a waste of time. For some reason I was convinced this book was important, so I forced myself through it.

There's not much wisdom here for me. I was never really in a situation where I wanted to restore my honour while avoiding a duel:

"If you are armed, you can strike down your opponent on the spot, or perhaps an hour later. This will restore your honour"

For such a short book he has managed to find plenty of space to repeat himself several times. He's also found time for some basic
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Anna
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I have read in 3 different language... and i read it again and again.
Amin Eftekhar
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking back at the pages that I just finished reading, 90% are highlighted under the impression of great sayings that I might have to return to later. The book was only 77 pages long but took me quit a while to read. At times, I was not able to read more than a few paragraphs in one sitting as it had given me more than enough material to chew upon and mull over for days. It is indeed full of words of wisdom and was a very enjoyable read.
Its very difficult to go back to reading typical books
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Marc
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, wisdom
Published in 1850 as part of Parerga and Paralipomena. Deviating from the pessimism of Schopenhauers other work; here the overtone is: "make the best of it". As with Montaigne extensive use of quotations, especially of Petrarca; great psychological insight, but misanthropic take. I think Schopenhauer was very influenced by the Spaniard Gracian, but he was less systematic; this selection contains stylistic gems.
Jeremy Egerer
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schopenhauer's noble attempt to convince himself that reading serious books is better than chasing girls -- which is partially true, not only because Plato never really made me cry, but also because a book's period never ruined my day. Wait, can girls see this?
Simon
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent observations on almost all parts of life, an educational handbook for living as Nietzsche observed in his brilliant essay Schopenhauer as Educator. It has weaknesses though, as i will show.

Central ideas are the necessity of health for happiness, which one can only find in oneself, not in relationships and society, the superiority of mental pleasures/leasures and abilities (physical/social ones always fade and bore eventually), the impossibility or rarity of happy and true love and
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Ioanna Nikita
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw people claim that this book gets a bit repetitive which might be true but the important thing is that the ideas you get exposed to are so great that a little repetition is good to help you really understand them.
I love Schopenhauer's philosophy, to me he is one of the greatest thinkers, not a pessimist but a realist. So much wisdom and so much food for thought in such a small book. A must-read!
Sam
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great essay by the great Arthur Schopenhauer. As always, Schopenhauer has a way with words. I also found this piece a little more optimistic than his other work. He starts off the essay by explaining how one could live and find meaning in a meaningless world. But towards the middle, when he goes into depth about honor and dueling, I found it slightly irrelevant to modern society.
Overall, I highly recommend it to any true philosophical thinker, and pessimists as well.
Dariosk
absolutely brilliant.
Schopenhauer on happiness, with clear thinking and precise deepness.

The translation is a bit harsh and unrefined, but with a little effort it's possible to see what the author meant.

if you are into self help books, you can throw all of them away, just get this one!
it's the best investment you can make.
Tarik
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the timeliest books I've read in my life. This book literally showed up exactly at a time when I could, I think, fully appreciate its value at first read.
I found this concise philosophy piece so dense that I want it in my personal library, for easy and frequent reference in the future.
Sudha Ayalasomayajula
I am in agreement with most if not all of Schopenhauers analyses, however I found a handful of them difficult to reconcile with contemporary social behaviours. His first and most emphasized chapter- What a Man Is as the fundamental contributor to happiness- is a gold mine of wisdom.
arg/machine
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another intellectual classic. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here.
Dusan Marjanovic
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
apart from some racist and sexist parts, good read
Leopold Benedict
Schopenhauer is a cranky old men, who I find alarmingly relatable. Please skip his essay on women.
Jonathan
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Schopenhauer is brilliant, but from the fifty rules collected in this work, many rules are frequently repeated. Nonetheless an easy introduction to his pessimistic outlook on life.
John Martindale
Schopenhauer is so easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, one definitely sees his personality, wisdom, humor, opinions and his arrogance, biases and prejudices ringing forth in these pages. There is a sense in which Schopenhauer can be quite repetitive, but I think this is because he had ten different ways to say the same thing, and I found myself underlining everyone :) For my own future reference, I posted here some of my favorite quotes from the the book. You may enjoy reading them if ...more
Nima Gholipour
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So finally after long time I read this book. Unfortunately I've been involved with job and personal issues. By the way, it was my first experience reading from one of the greatest philosophers. The book itself was very simple, at least for me. Because most of things which he believed were included in my lifestyle. For example happiness is not something which you have, it's something which you believe and it's a feeling from inside. His words were very close to my opinion and strongly I believe ...more
Jeroen
Dec 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope
Dahoo Hurst
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite~!
Changed my life!
Take with me everyday and read everyday.
Toms Felkers
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure there was more wisdom than I grasped. Definetly will read this again in about four years :)
Lumina
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had plenty of time to read at work today, possibly more than I should, and as I'm only a few pages from the end so I thought I'd finally write a review. I've been distracted as of late from my reading/writing, etc., and now that the phase has passed, I thought I'd begin writing more reviews once more.

First of all, Schopenhauer, though well-known, is not exactly popular with the public, as his views are interpreted to be rather pessimistic. After reading this book though, I cannot really say
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Choukri  AOUSSAR
and when Socrates saw various articles of luxury spread out for sale, he exclaimed: How much there is in the world I do not want.

What a man has in himself is, then, the chief element in his happiness.

The wise man will, above all, strive after freedom from pain and annoyance, quiet and leisure, consequently a tranquil, modest life, with as few encounters as may be; and so, after a little experience of his so-called fellowmen, he will elect to live in retirement, or even, if he is a man of great
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Ofek Deitch
This was my first Schopenhauer. Quite an excellent introduction to the man and his opinions regarding life within those who call themselves "humans".

Schopenhauer does not talk about his philosophy in this book.
Nick Klagge
This is another book I read because it was mentioned in the "Further Reading" section of "The Art of Stoic Joy," and because it is available for free from Gutenberg. I actually read Schopenhauer's "Counsels and Maxims" first, which was a mistake because it is kind of a Part 2 to this book. I didn't love C&M, but I guess I was interested enough to still want to pick up the WoL. I'm glad I did, because I think it is a better, though still flawed, book.

In this short book, Schopenhauer lays out
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Jan Cornelis
A theory of happiness, a eudaimonology as he calls it. Such a theory should lay down rules about: Our attitude to our-self, what others think of us and what we posses. The bulk of his writing is concentrated with how we perceive our self and the world, since the subjective experience is what influences happiness the most.

Schopenhauers little book of practical philosophy can be read as an idea sketch of Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit. Composed of notes from several notebooks you can see De kunst
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Arthur Schopenhauer was born in the city of Danzig (then part of the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth; present day Gdańsk, Poland) and was a German philosopher best known for his work The World as Will and Representation. Schopenhauer attempted to make his career as an academic by correcting and expanding Immanuel Kant's philosophy concerning the way in which we experience the world.

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