Schopenhauer & Ghandi

One of Schopenhauer’s most famous quotes that he never said:

“Truth goes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

“Alle Wahrheit durchläuft drei Stufen. Zuerst wird sie lächerlich gemacht oder verzerrt. Dann wird sie bekämpft. Und schließlich wird sie als selbstverständlich angenommen.”

It doesn’t surprise me that he didn’t say it, because as one who (by virtue of his truthtelling) was treated to a conspiracy of silence by his literary peers most of his life, he would’ve added ‘ignored’ or ‘deemed unimportant’ in stage one.

That’s why Ghandi’s quote is even better, but Schop could’ve just as easily said it:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”