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...we often view in the right light the actions of others, and occasionally even our own, only after the lapse of years. And as it is in one's own life, so it is in history.
Happy circumstances in life are like certain groups of trees. Seen from a distance they look very well: but go up to them and amongst them, and the beauty vanishes; you don't know where it can be; it is only trees you see. And so it is that we often envy the lot of others.
* * * * *The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
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A person of phlegmatic disposition who is a blockhead, would, with a sanguine nature, be a fool.
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Now and then one learns something, but one forgets the whole day long.
Moreover our memory is like a sieve, the holes of which in time get larger and larger: the older we get, the quicker anything entrusted to it slips from the memory, whereas, what was fixed fast in it in early days is there still.... Schopenhauer, Arthur
Excerpt from The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Religion, a Dialogue, Etc. · This quote is about stupidity · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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