PORCUPINES AND APHORISMS—SCHOPENHAUER
Of all the aphorisms made by a philosopher, perhaps the most well-known and famous is Schopenhauer’s about the Procupines and how people resemble them. The main point, of course, is how people do need society in general, but that they are, literally, a pain in the ass. Thus, they must keep a difference for one another. Well, here it is, at the end of a couple other interesting ones.
A FEW PARABLES.
In a field of ripening corn I came to a place which had been trampled
down by some ruthless foot; and as I glanced amongst the countless
stalks, every one of them alike, standing there so erect and bearing
the full weight of the ear, I saw a multitude of different flowers,
red and blue and violet. How pretty they looked as they grew there so
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