This quote is quite a comfort for a minor would-be writer like me:
"The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting."
— Arthur Schopenhauer (The Works of Schopenhauer: The Wisdom of Life and Other Essays)
And here's another one that caught my eye:
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
I've never thought of it like that before. I do live alone, and have done for the last 16 or so years. Before that I was busy rearing my 2 kids. Now all I'm left with is 2 cats. Mind you, when I see what happens to so many people's living "arrangements", I'm rather glad to be a single household.
Back to the drawing-board now. I came across these quotes while looking for the official translation of another of Schopenhauer's comments.