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Schopenhauer, Arthur - The World as Will and Idea - On fleeting gratification

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The World as Will and Idea – Arthur Schopenhauer

All willing arises from need, therefore from deficiency, and therefore from suffering.  The fulfilment of a wish ends it; yet for one wish that is fulfilled there remain at least ten which are denied.  Further, the desire lasts long, the demands are infinite; the satisfaction is short and scantily measured out.  But even the final satisfaction is itself only apparent; every satisfied wish at once makes room for a new one; both are delusions; the one is known to be so, the other not yet.  No attained object of desire can give lasting satisfaction, but merely a fleeting gratification; it is like alms thrown to the beggar, keeping him alive today so that his misery may be prolonged till the morrow

 

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Schopenhauer, Arthur

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