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Expect nothing; Gain everything

“To avoid disappointment in life, don’t attach an expectation to an outcome.”


When there is an expected result desired no matter the situation, there is always a good chance that you’ll experience disappointment. This disappointment can lead to anger, especially if it involves something between friends, family or lovers. If you’re not able to rise above this type of situation peacefully, the first thing that most people experience is anger, animosity or even hatred. At this point, this is when your mind has taken over your other bodily senses and closed off your inner power and intellect. Then, it’s easy to become angry, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy to achieve. 

So, the next time you become angry at someone, remember to try not to attach an expectation to whatever made you angry in the first place. And also remember the exact dose of anger you exert, and at what time, and for what purpose could be the difference between a broken friendship or relationship and one that has grown closer than ever before. If you can accomplish this, then you’re on your way to achieving spiritual and physical maturity.

Happiness is a Choice

Life in the fast lane

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Arthur Schopenhauer

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”

~ Schopenhauer

Getting old isn’t so bad as long as you look on the bright side of aging – just like Schopenhauer did when he wrote the brilliant statement above. There are definitely advantages to growing old that help people understand life in a more lovely way. When one has matured enough, they can see life as those who are younger cannot because they can see over the “fence” that blinds those who aren’t experienced or mature enough to see over it. Even if someone is able to peer over the “fence” that wiser, aged people can see over, it doesn’t mean that they will comprehend what they see. So, for all you young people reading this, find yourself a mature, wise mentor who can steer you in the right direction as you travel along life’s long, perplexing and troublesome journey. Be sure and bring your crash helmet because people “over the hill” travel faster than you do. Just keep on truckin’ at full speed.

What makes you a good person?

Arthur Schopenhauer by Ludwig Sigismund Ruhl.

Arthur Schopenhauer

“What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has, or how he is regarded by others.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The key thing to understand about this quote is what the exact meaning of “What a man is” is. By what methods do we measure someone to classify them as someone who is a good person or not? To me, it all comes down to one thing: “You have only one life to live here on earth, so you must do as much as you can to improve the lives of other people.” You don’t have to be super-rich or famous to do this; you just need a giving heart. It’s not about how much money you make in your life that you’ll be judged by, or how attractive you are, or even how popular you are to other people. Making a real indelible difference in this world is done by people who give whatever they can – money, talent, time, energy, etc. to help others be better people. This is how people should be judged in the end.