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The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer

The Wisdom of Life

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Language: English
Wordcount: 39,463 / 118 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,623
Added to site: 2004.06.30
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Genre: Essays
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circumstances to follow a sedentary occupation, some minute exquisite work of the hands, for example, or to engage in study and mental labor demanding quite other powers, and just those which he has not got,--compelled, that is, to leave unused the powers in which he is pre-eminently strong; a man placed like this will never feel happy all his life through. Even more miserable will be the lot of the man with intellectual powers of a very high order, who has to leave them undeveloped and unemployed, in the pursuit of a calling which does not require them, some bodily labor, perhaps, for which his strength is insufficient. Still, in a case of this kind, it should be our care, especially in youth, to avoid the precipice of presumption, and not ascribe to ourselves a superfluity of power which is not there.

Since the blessings described under the first head decidedly outweigh those contained under the other two, it is manifestly a wiser course to aim at the maintenance of our health and the cultivation of our

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2011.08.26
dima
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Brilliant work by a powerful intellectual mind!
Schopenhauer's ideas about will power, intelligence, motivation and consciousness have influenced many prominent thinkers, such as Freud, Nietzsche and Einstein.
This work has been a great source of inspiration for me, particularly the idea of creating and nurturing inner wealth that no one can take away form you.


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