If I’m lucky enough to live to be old and crotchety (well… lets go with more crotchety) I would like to have crazy hair. My go-to look would be that of Arthur Schopenhauer…
…complete with mutton chops and a look that suggests he might ‘cut you’ if you mess with him.
I love Schopenhauer. He was convinced that humanity was some sort of ‘mistake’. A notion I could likely get behind. He raged about people who arrive late in theaters and complained bitterly to management that people who coughed during performances should be censured (if not banned). He also loved his dogs. In these things we are simpatico.
In 1813 Arthur Schopenhauer was introduced to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by his mother. Von Goethe is fascinated by the young Schopenhauer and composes a couplet for him:
Willst du duch des Lebens freuen
So musst der Welt du Werth verleihen
If you wish to find pleasure in life
You should attach value to the world
Schopenhauer is unimpressed by Goethe’s verse and writes in the margin a quote from Nicolas Chamfort that can be translated as
‘Better to accept men for what they are, that to take them for something that they are not’.
Misanthropy level, expert.