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...all those passionate movements of the will, and makes them subject of its contemplation. Shakespeare, in particular, shows that this is his general method, more especially in Hamlet. And only when intellect rises to the point where the vanity of all effort is manifest, and the will proceeds to an act of self-annulment, is the drama tragic in the true sense of the word; it is then that it reaches its highest aim in becoming really sublime.
* * * * *Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.This is an error of the intellect as inevitable as that error of the eye which lets us fancy that on the horizon heaven and earth meet. This explains many things, and among them the fact that everyone measures us with his own standard--generally about as long as a tailor's tape, and we have to put up with it: as also that no one will allow us to be taller than himself--a supposition which is once for all taken for granted.
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There is no doubt... Schopenhauer, Arthur
Excerpt from The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Studies in Pessimism · This quote is about perspective · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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