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Arthur Schopenhauer – 2 December 2008

Here are a few quotations attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), one of the foremost philosophers of the 1800’s:

“Unlike the intellect, it [the Will] does not depend on the perfection of the organism, but is essentially the same in all animals as that which is known to us so intimately. Accordingly, the animal has all the emotions of humans, such as joy, grief, fear, anger, love, hatred, strong desire, envy, and so on. The great difference between human and animal rests solely on the intellect's degrees of perfection.”
– On the Will in Nature, “Physiology and Pathology.”

“I know of no more beautiful prayer than that which the Hindus of old used in closing their public spectacles. It was: ‘May all that have life be delivered from suffering.’ ”

“Compassion is the basis of all morality.”

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

“All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self evident.”

For a large collection of quotations, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/quote.html
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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