The conditions under which I am understood, and then of necessity—I know them only too well. One must be honest in matters of the spirit to the point of hardness before one can even endure my seriousness and my passion. One must be skilled in living on mountains—seeing the wretched ephemeral babble of politics and national self-seeking beneath oneself. One must have become indifferent; one must never ask if the truth is useful or if it may prove our undoing. The predilection of strength for questions for which no one today has the courage; the courage for the forbidden…a new conscience for truths that have so far remained mute…Reverence for oneself; love of oneself; unconditional freedom before oneself…
Nietzsche, The Antichrist
The Essential Schopenhauer: Key Selections from The World as Will and Representation and Other Writings.
I believe this book really contains the essential Schopenhauer. The introduction is very well written and the book itself is made to be taken with you everywhere. I am usually partial to hardcover books, because paperbacks make me nervous. But this book bends and moves with me, I don’t know what they made the cover of, but I like it, it doesn’t crack, tear, fold or peel, it’s hardy.
I feel like the cover accurately represents the mindset you must adopt before reading Schopenhauer. The man speaks the truth, the hardest truth, he’s honest, courageous and unwavering, just as you ought to be when you read him. The book opens wide without the spine cracking, unlike other paperbacks. It should challenge you in such a way that you have to carry it with you. And then one day while on your coffee break at the local café, you’ll look up to take a sip from your exotically named muddy drink, glance around at the people walking by and you’ll realize you understand the world a lot better.