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Arthur Schopenhauer

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Arthur Schopenhauer

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post.  My intent is to put a smile on your face.  Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know.  Now sit back and enjoy.

Arthur was born in Danzig, Germany back in 1788 to Heinrich and Johanna.  His family was quite wealthy, he devoted his early years wholly to studies at the Gotha gymnasium.  He later studied at the University of Gottingen.  His focus was on metaphysics and psychology. 

His works are so varied I’ll just cut right to the chase.  He wrote “The World as Will and Representation”.  He also wrote about aesthetics, morality and psychology.  One of his writings is: the ultimate aim of all love affairs....is more important than all other aims in man’s life. One of his notes has me considering this as what I found to be profound: This actual world of what is knowable, in which we are and which is in us, remains both the material and the limit of our consideration.  He did have some influence on some other that would follow him, maybe you’ve heard of them let’s see Leo Tolstoy, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jorge Luis Borges and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

I can’t let it go without noting some of his works.  On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, On Vision and Colors, The Art of Being Right, On the Will in Nature, On the Freedom of the Will, On the Basis of Morality.  However, there are still two of his quotes that stand out to me.  What do you think?  All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is ridiculed, Second, it is violently opposed, Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.  And the last one is Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see

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Comments (11)

Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi James.  What a deep thinker Arthur was.  I love the quote "Genius hits a target no one else can see".

Apr 19, 2016 09:36 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Finally someone who I have some familiarity about and I have long admired this genius.

Apr 19, 2016 09:40 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James! No clue once again even though I have heard some of his quotes. Close but no cigar! Enjoy your day!

Apr 19, 2016 09:44 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This one I knew. I appreciate the history though.

Apr 19, 2016 09:48 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

The quotes are very good.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 19, 2016 10:26 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good one, and I knew this one.  Wishing you a delightful day.  A

Apr 20, 2016 01:44 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Wow!  He was a deep thinker who influenced other great thinkers.  Thanks for sharing Arthur Schopenhauer with us James Dray 

Apr 20, 2016 02:27 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Perhaps it should be required or at least, suggested reading for all preparing to marry to read Arthur Schopenhauer. His metaphysical writings on ultimate love - why people marry at all, has been recognized as philosophically genius. Certainly it is an eye-opening, enlightening perspective to most of humans who believe finding the ultimate love mate will lead to ultimate, ever-lasting happiness.  Interesting post, James Dray

Apr 20, 2016 03:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- reading about him makes me feel totally inadequate. 

Apr 20, 2016 10:58 AM
James Dray

Ms. Kathy we all have our calling in life.  Just think I for one could not and would not do what you do. Not everyone in life would do what I have done.  Believe me I have paid the price in my former profession.  If I had to do it all over again would I do what I've done, probably not but I'm glad I did

Apr 20, 2016 11:05 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Arthur Schopenhauer led a very interesting life.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 20, 2016 01:02 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning James. I've read on of the books, it was a tough read from what I remember. He certainly accomplished a lot in his life.

Apr 20, 2016 07:06 PM