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NOTE: “On The Vanity And Suffering Of Life” is the 46th chapter of Arthur Schopenhauer’s three-volume The World As Will And Idea, trans. by Haldane and Kemp, 1883. Below is a condensed version of it. If the modern reader — particularly the modern American reader — should find the passages here to be rather gloomy, then perhaps he or she will also see in them an antidote to that highly marketable fashion known as “positive psychology.” There is about Schopenhauer’s philosophy, Will Durant once remarked, “a blunt honesty by the side of which most optimistic creeds appear as soporific hypocrisies.”

On The Vanity & Suffering Of Life – Schopenhauer

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