Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 August 25, 1900) was a German philosopher, whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered around a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality. Beyond the unique themes dealt with in his works, Nietzsche's powerful style and subtle approach are distinguishing features of his writings. Although largely overlooked during his short working life, which ended with a mental collapse at the age of 44, and frequently misunderstood and misrepresented thereafter, Nietzsche received recognition during the second half of the 20th century as a highly significant figure in modern philosophy. His influence was particularly noted by many existentialist and postmodern philosophers. more

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What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Fear is the mother of morality.
The man loves danger and sport. That is why he loves woman, the most dangerous of all sports.
Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.
He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how.
Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.
Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you!
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.
He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.
The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honor life, because it brings against them its most formidable weapons.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.
I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.
Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.