The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims, Arthur Schopenhauer (Author)

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This collection brings together two of Schopenhauer's most respected works, wherein the philosopher shares his views on life and what he believes to be follies of human behavior. Writing with incisive poise and a great sense of humor, Schopenhauer introduces the various ideas present in his pessimistic philosophy. Holding the usual goals of life - money, position, material and sexual pleasures - in low regard, he explains how the cultivation of one's individuality and mind are far better pursuits, albeit those that most people neglect. Rather than simply criticize the state of humanity, Schopenhauer uses wit and lively argument to convince the reader of the value in his outlook. The practice of an ordinary life and career is thereby demonstrated as spiritually draining, in contrast to concentration upon a wise mind and strong body, plus a moderated or even ascetic approach to material things. Many of Schopenhauer's most definitive pearls of wisdom are contained within this work, demonstrating the philosophy of life which he was renowned for living by. Scholars generally compare Schopenhauer's outlook to Buddhism, for his rejection of worldly pleasures and reverence of inner development. Although he speaks disparagingly of humanity, the philosopher has enough awareness to do so with entertaining eloquence. First published under the title of Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, Schopenhauer's warm and engaging style and profound substance is successfully expressed in the English translations of The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims, both of which are composed by Thomas Bailey Saunders..
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