schopenhauer excerpt - where is the rest?

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mischka
 
Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 06:00 am
hello all

A while ago I found an excerpt from Schopenhauer on a blog. It was translated to dutch and there was no note about the source, just the author. I suppose the original is in german, and I'd like to know which book/chapter this is taken from? Anyone seen this before? Maybe it was something he just wrote or said somewhere and its not in one of his books, but would like to know that.

here it is, I translated it to english:
"When you are at the end of life and look back at it, at the course of life and the encounters and events, which at the moment itself seem to be coincidences, but in hindsight appear to be crucial for the structure and character of an unintentional life story, by means of which the potential possibilities of somebody's character come to surface, if this is seen, then it is hard to resist the idea that the course of somebody's biography can be compared to a sneakily orchestrated novel, while you wonder who could be the writer of such an amazing plot. The whole linkage of world history actually exists of life's destinies that unfold in time as an immeasurably large network of this kind of influences, that not just limit themselves to people, but also the natural world with all its creatures and all kinds of accidents."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
 
Didymos Thomas
 
Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 10:58 am
@mischka,
This passage sounds vaguely familiar, but after a quick look through, I can't find anything like it in my books. I am sure that the passage is there because it sounds so familiar.

I also tried, unsuccessfully, to google different sections of your translation. My guess is that your rendering is different enough for the search engine to miss published versions.

Catchabula knows Dutch, and is remarkably well read - perhaps he can take a look at the original link and help you out? In the mean time, I'll keep looking through my Schopenhauer. You might look through Parerga and Paralipomena - the passage most likely comes from that work, especially one of the two essays "The Wisdom of Life" and "Counsels and Maxims".
 
mischka
 
Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 11:04 am
@mischka,
hi

first of all, thanks for looking Smile
yes, the translation is probably somewhat ehm.. forked. the original would've been in german, translated to dutch by the blogger and then to english by me. that's why I'm so curious for the original version.

I'll have a look in those two essays and give catchabula a pn

thanks again!
 
Didymos Thomas
 
Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 11:09 am
@mischka,
Yeah, no problem.

Your translation reads just fine; it is close enough for me to have some memory of the passage. Nice work!
 
RDanneskjld
 
Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 11:36 am
@mischka,
I also searched around for the quote, through my Schopenhauer books and the free Schopenhauer texts that can be found on Project Gutenburg, but I couldnt find anything that matched that particular quote. Part of the problem might be the translation, with it being translated twice making it harder find. I may take a another look later!
 
 

 
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